How does the doctor determine my child’s diagnoses? Autism is a great example…here is some truth that may be disturbing to parents of autistic kids.

Did you know that how and whether your child gets diagnoses with a disorder is based in part on money? Here is an excellent article about the way that autism may be “discarded” in some aspects from the DSM-V! The diagnoses itself may remain, but the spectrum is adjusted as to who meets the “new” criteria. Sadly, the reason for the cuts are due to the cost of caring for those with the diagnoses….so how will they get care?

This is an excellent example of what goes on behind the scenes in the mental health field. The average person will accept a doctor’s diagnoses of ODD, AD/HD, ADD, BI-Polar, Anxiety, or any other label chosen for your child. However, the grounds for the diagnoses can be solely based on what money is available to fund coverage by the government for that label..confused yet? That is alright, most parents of kids with behavioral issues, or parents who ask questions like ” Is my child ADD or AD/HD” or” does my child need medicine for hyperactivity” have no idea what to do other than maybe see a doctor, who will make his or her decision on what their “bible” tells them. The DSM-V is the guide for making any diagnoses by a mental health professional. When you look at the criteria of most disorders, almost any child or adult can be fit into just about any one. For example, I once took the criteria listed to meet Major Depressive disorder, and made them into questions on a pamphlet. I then asked my staff at the time, of 50 teachers, therapists, and nurses to answer the questions but not put their name down. When I analyzed the data, about 85% met full criteria for the diagnoses of Major Depressive disorder…

If you think you may need some help figuring out what to do in your situation, I am available for as little as an hour of consultation, or months of help to see you through this very cloudy path. You deserve an honest answer, not a label to fund big drug companies who in turn may help doctors diagnose more people with certain labels, regardless of whether it applies in your case. Contact me for help.

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