When it Comes to Diagnosis, Simpler is Often Better

Many, many, MANY times when I am seeing a new client who has seen other clinicians I find they have a stack of diagnoses.  This seems especially true with children.  My favorite are the mutually exclusive diagnoses, such as the child who has a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder.  These two diagnoses… Continue reading When it Comes to Diagnosis, Simpler is Often Better

What’s the Difference Between a Psychiatrist, Psychologist and a Counselor?

One of the big learning curves to entering the mental health world is getting all the different credentials straight.  It does not help that some sound of similar: psychiatrist and psychologist.  Understanding what each one is and does can help you figure out how best to help your child, so let’s explore this a little… Continue reading What’s the Difference Between a Psychiatrist, Psychologist and a Counselor?

A Diagnosis is Not the End of the World

I have written previously about how a diagnosis can actually be a relief.  People in that situation finally have an answer as to why there are problems, and can begin addressing it.  However, not everyone views a diagnosis with a relief.  Many dread it, hoping that some other factor is causing problems for their child.… Continue reading A Diagnosis is Not the End of the World

Not Everything is a Disorder

As a mental health professional, diagnosis is what I do.  In fact, it’s somewhat necessary given that if I am going to be billing you for service, it really should be a for a good reason.  A diagnosis is supposed to reflect the need for treatment, and inform how we treat.  That said, our society,… Continue reading Not Everything is a Disorder

Build a Solid Team

Mental health can be very complicated, though you probably already knew that.  Part of the issue with this complication is how many different professionals you may need to bring on board.  At the least you are talking about a Primary Care Physician and a counselor or psychologist.  But, you could also be looking at a… Continue reading Build a Solid Team

Rant: Off the Cuff Diagnosing

I am doing a little bit of a rant here, so be warned.  This is not thoughtful as much as angry soap-boxing. You know one thing that really gets me going in the mental health world?  Treating a diagnosis as a casual thing.  I honestly think many children and adults are kept in therapy months… Continue reading Rant: Off the Cuff Diagnosing

Religion Matters

Psychology and religion have a rather poor history together.  Albert Ellis is famous for saying, “If there was a god, it would be necessary for us to dis-invent him.”  This strain of thought was found very early in psychologist’s thoughts on mental health and, unfortunately, continues to its day.  Many are secular in their thinking… Continue reading Religion Matters