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Most Psychiatric Patients Have More Than One Diagnosis

Posted Oct 03 2008 12:53pm

This article appears to be more confirmatory than anything, since I was taught this years ago.  However, it is certainly worth mentioning - individuals who present for treatment are more likely to have more than one diagnosis, rather than just one.  As just one example, there is a strong correlation between anxiety and depression, and it is often the case that an individual with one (the primary diagnosis) will eventually develop the other (the secondary diagnosis), especially without intervention.  The important point is that while a client will often present with a primary complaint, the clinician needs to do a thorough evaluation in order to determine what, if any, are the other mental health issues the client is experiencing.  Otherwise, treatment may be compromised.

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