Benefits of Getting a Diagnosis for a Mental Health Issue

Benefits of Getting a Diagnosis for a Mental Health IssueEvery individual is unique, and so is everyone’s mental health. This depends on a myriad of factors, from genetic predisposition to childhood history, traumatic experiences, environment and history of substance use. An infinite number of variables contribute to a person’s mental health.

The possible damage of a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety or a stress disorder are infinite and depend on individual circumstances. It would simply be impossible to list all the possible consequences of a mental health issue; however, it is safe to say that the consequences can be serious or even life threatening. Drug abuse, addiction and thoughts of suicide are possible symptoms of many mental health issues.

It would also be impossible to list all the potential benefits of receiving an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment for a mental health issue, but the benefits can be enormous and may make a world of difference.

Mental Health Issues and Co-Occurring Disorders

Two or more mental health issues occurring simultaneously is called co-occurring disorders. A variety of mental health issues can contribute to co-occurring disorders, such as drug abuse and addiction which can cause enormous harm. Mental health issues often increase the risk of suicide, and drug abuse that often accompanies mental health issues increases the risk even further. Even without such dramatic results as suicide, untreated mental health issues can result in a host of problems, from job and career problems to issues with finances and family relationships.

Integrated Treatment for a Dual Diagnosis

Treating both an addiction and a mental health issue is called Dual Diagnosis treatment. Co-occurring disorders are typically interrelated and contribute to one another. A Dual Diagnosis of co-occurring disorders requires treatment of both conditions. Integrated treatment treats the whole individual and addresses all aspects of the patient’s condition, as well as the ways that the two conditions interrelate and contribute to one another.

How to Get a Diagnosis for Mental Health

If you think that you suffer from a mental health issue but need a diagnosis, seek help immediately. The fact that you suspect a problem means that there may be something wrong. It may be more or less serious than you think, but an accurate diagnosis will tell you what you are dealing with. Receiving treatment for your condition will allow you to start living a happier, healthier life right away; denying yourself treatment may compound your problems and cause serious harm. If you think you suffer from a mental health issue, do not delay seeking a diagnosis.

If you would like help setting up a diagnostic evaluation, or if you would like help finding treatment, call us. Our helpline is toll free and we are available 24 hours a day.