The diagnosis of Mental Illness - How?.

There are different classes or diagnosis of mental distress according to Psychiatrists. A doctor is able to measure what treatment is needed and also to determine the outcome when he or she makes a diagnosis. It can also be an alleviation to a suffering person to be able to put a name to what is wrong.

However, there are limits to diagnosis. A person's experience of mental suffering is different from the other and it can be misinterpreted, especially if there are cultural, social or religious differences between doctor and patient. Each patient has different diagnosis by different doctors. If we just concentrate on the symtoms, we will not take the necessary notice of what the sufferer might be experiencing. The medical diagnosis might be unable to justify the sufferer’s full experience.

Diagnosis can be very damaging if it becomes a label. For example, instead of being seen as a parent, writer, mechanic or student who has schizophrenia, a person may be seen as 'a schizophrenic', as though this diagnosis summed them up. It's necessary to retrieve that a diagnosis does not have to determine the whole course of life, and may come to be a fairly minor part of an individual's identity or history.

Mental distress is possible to totally recover and this has been the case for many people. Sometimes, they even recover from the suffering feeling stronger and wiser. Others get over the worst, but remain vulnerable, and relapse from time to time. Some don't recover, and will continue to receive treatment in the long term.

The accuracy of psychiatrists forecast on individuals recovery results has been virtually impossible. All types of mental distress can possibly recover. However, people have been occasionally made to believe that it is impossible to recover. These discouragements could cause enormous harm to people, as they increase the existing sense of despair. It is vital one does not lose hope, irrespective of people’s negative perception and information which we might have received that recovery is impossible.

MEMHREP: Reaching out to extend HOPE to the people with mental-related issues