Dr. Sophie L. Teuschl

Psychotherapist

Definition “diagnosis”

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Diagnoses must not be understood as a stigma or “labelling”.

Diagnoses are helpful to describe certain complex conditions, that are identified by the symptoms presented, “in a word”.

Different clusters of symptoms and causes have been researched and described thoroughly and are continuously updated by professionals and scientists. These clusters are classified according to the ICD-10, which is based on the WHO standards, as well as according to the DSM-V, which is based on the APA standards.

These classifications are guidelines providing an overview of the (mental) conditions and to differentiate them from one another.

Thus, diagnoses serve medical doctors and psychotherapists, in order to select and provide the best treatment possible to the person affected.



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