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The Pros and Cons of Diagnosis - Your opinion?We live in a results oriented society that expects when we see the doctor we leave with something - a…

The Pros and Cons of Diagnosis - Your opinion?

We live in a results oriented society that expects when we see the doctor we leave with something - a medication, a regimen or  diagnosis and this is no different in the field of psychiatry. It feels good to have a word to explain what we're going through, to be able to find others like us, and to feel as though in some ways those symptoms are no longer a part of us - they're a part of the disorder. STILL, many psychiatrists prefer to work without a diagnosis at all. They worry that by giving a diagnosis, they are actually causing the person to identify more with a certain disorder and thus exhibit more of the symptoms or more sever symptoms than they would have without one. So, what do YOU think is better? To have or not to have a a diagnosis?

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When do you know it's alcoholism?Alcoholism is tricky because drinking is promoted by society. Need a date? Go to the bar! Had a bad day?…

When do you know it's alcoholism?

Alcoholism is tricky because drinking is promoted by society. Need a date? Go to the bar! Had a bad day? Relax with a drink! Want to be "cool", match your friend's drinking! And yet... it can destroy your life. I've seen it first-hand. BUT, where does it start? When does drinking stop being "cool" and start being a problem you need to solve?

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