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Old 04-12-2018, 07:50 PM   #1
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Help Are therapists capable of diagnosing or analyzing?

Please. One must know this. It is crucial to ones self perception which is in jeopardy at this time.
One is questioning one's existence and the existence of reality in and of itself.
One is worried and confused. And frightened.
Please, if anyone is learned and educated on any of this then, please respond.
One asks again. Can a psychiatric therapist diagnose or analyze a patient's or anyone's condition and arrive at the conclusion of a logical answer or determine what is happening with any certainty?
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It depends upon the skills and the insight of the therapist.
Not all therapists are created equal.
Some have a lot more training, experience, skills and insight.


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I would think that in the field of psychiatry, that they would be the ones to diagnose a patient. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and licensed to treat and prescribe.

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I would sooner trust a psychiatrist to diagnose, or to confirm/deny a diagnosis made by a therapist. In some states, therapists have minimal training. (It's sometimes scary how little training they have to meet state licensing requirements.)

Therapists and psychiatrists don't always agree on the diagnosis(es); this is reported quite often.

Most psychiatrists will take some input from therapists on diagnosis(es); yet, they will go by their own expertise.

Neuropsychologists are very helpful in diagnosing. If a psychiatrist is having trouble with diagnosis(es), they often refer for neuropsych testing.

If you are only seeing a therapist, your diagnosis is then made by the therapist alone, unless consults are requested of a psychiatrist or a neuropsychologist.

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I don't believe therapists should be depended upon for diagnosing. That's really the province of psychiatrists and psychologists.

Therapists are more in the business of providing guidance to a client who is struggling with problems and is seeking how to better cope.
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When I first saw a psychiatrist a long time ago it was in order to get a formal diagnosis since my therapist could not give one. They told me what I would likely be diagnosed with, and they wound up being correct. It required a psychiatrist to evaluate and make the diagnosis.
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Can a psychiatric therapist diagnose or analyze a patient's or anyone's condition and arrive at the conclusion of a logical answer or determine what is happening with any certainty?
A psychiatric therapist cannot diagnose a patient, as that can only be done by a doctor (medical or psychiatric), in the U.S. anyway.

That said, doctors often rely upon professional input provided by therapists (or psychologists), as they are often the ones that provide regular care with the patient. IMO, both are important. Just in different ways.
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My therapist used to get my hospital discharge papers but we never discussed them. I think they just look at maladaptive behaviors. I asked my last therapist about symptoms and she didn't want to listen.
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My therapist is a psychologist and can not diagnose. All of my diagnosis came from a psychiatrist.
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Thank you all for your answers. This is fantastic information for us!
Now we know better than to let someone, claiming to be well educated and behaving as though they are an authority on mental illness make us feel like we are not what we know good and well that we are.
We are a multiple or we would not think as we do both in parts or as a whole at times if that were not true.
We have been made to feel confused in the past by such a person.
They didn't apologize then after seeing the distress that they caused us and we doubt that they will apologize now. So, far they have not.
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