The keys to a good psychiatric diagnosis

Written by: Dr. Manuel Alfonso Simón
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The effectiveness of psychiatric treatment depends on whether it is based on a good diagnosis. A good diagnosis in psychiatry should include four key aspects:- Axis I or psychiatric diagnosis , eg, diagnosis of depression.- The axis II personality or diagnosis.- The axis III or somatic diagnoses: that relate to the picture diagnosed. For example, diagnosis of hypothyroidism.- The axis IV or psychosocial diagnosis.Therefore, the same diagnosis can be different and not equally effective treatments.


Diagnosis of depression: how to treat

You can not set the same treatment in a depressed person with a personality structure acceptable self-esteem, without associated medical diagnostics and a stable environment in another patient diagnosed with depression, but with a structure dependent personality, hypothyroidism and he has been abandoned by her partner. Therefore, the therapeutic strategy or plan must be different in each case, otherwise it will fail.

Successful psychiatric diagnosis

To get the correct diagnosis the medical team should work together, in order to have all necessary therapeutic possibilities.If treatment is not effective, there are many chances that the diagnosis is incorrect or incomplete so it should be modified.


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By Dr. Manuel Alfonso Simón

With over 30 years experience in this field, Dr. Alfonso Simon is an expert in the care of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and implementation of a multifactorial diagnosis. Dr. Alfonso Simon is Head of the Psychiatric Unit of the San Rafael Hospital in Barcelona.

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