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4 thoughts on “Should Psychotherapy Patients Know Their Diagnosis?

  • July 29, 2020 at 12:31 pm
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    —-The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

    Is not its name, NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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    • July 29, 2020 at 12:55 pm
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      Corrected- Appreciate you pointing out that name oversight.
      Thanks for reading, Harold!

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  • July 29, 2020 at 6:25 pm
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    For a therapist to make a diagnosis but withhold it from the client seems highly paternalistic. If a mental health care provider were to do that to me I’d consider it a complete breach of trust.

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    • July 31, 2020 at 9:08 am
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      Thanks for reading, Ashley! It sure doesn’t seem to do much for making a collaborative atmosphere, does it? I really feel it’s how it’s explained to them that matters. Check out this coming Sunday’s (8/2) post about the “art” of sharing the diagnosis with the patient.
      While speculative, I’ve wondered if a dearth of intimate diagnosis knowledge contributes to some not feeling competent to explain the condition? Like I’ve noted elsewhere, it’s a “thing” for many therapists/clinicians nowadays to feel that diagnosis isn’t important so long as you identify symptoms (the main problem, of course, being that many conditions share symptoms but have entirely different etiologies and thus require a different treatment lens); I wonder if it is the same body of people who are more prone to shun disclosure?

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