Sometimes, there is little or no question about the diagnosis and one can be quite confident. Other times, a practitioner will provide a "provisional" or "working" diagnosis, which may even include certain "rule out" suggestions.
It really depends on how clear cut the symptoms are and whether there are sympsoms of more than one issue or disorder.
It depends upon the situation. In the US, one must have a certain level of licensure to diagnose. Right now LCPCs, LCSWs, Licensed Psychologists and Psychiatrists (of course physicians) can diagnosis. Ethically, if a person has not had the training to diagnosis then they should not be doing so as it would be outside of their area of competency.
I don't know how things are done in Canada. As David said, a therapist can diagnosis provisionally, and the personality disorders can be used but instead of the full disorder, one can use PD features.
BG...Master level therapists in the US can diagnosis. Physicians can but I think they should have mental health training to diagnosis. Psychologists tend to have more experience in terms of diagnosis than other master level clinicians.
Emotions: A Side Effect of Cancer
By Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN, OncoLink Cancer Blogs
January 12, 2018
A few weeks ago, former vice president Joe Biden was on The View. During his interview he spoke with Meghan McCain, whose father, Senator John McCain, is currently battling a glioblastoma diagnosis. Joe Biden?s son died of a glioblastoma. She began to speak about her father and began to cry. As Meghan apologized for becoming emotional, Biden switched seats to be closer to...
I don't know what to say that could be helpful for you. Sorry you have had such a struggle. I like your last statement which relates to having gratitude for what you do have have this point.
I am glad you are getting some support from Nar anon and hope also you can get some councilling for you to deal with the stresses that come with having a child with this illness. I am just realizing just how much of my life was spent on taking care of most of my family 2 brothers and a sister who has it as well. When my daughter started to show signs i knew and i slowly fell apart trying to help her too. It is important to have some kind of support system in place for you okay I understand...
I agree. I won't get one of those either. I have a hard enough time sleeping with the songs that just "naturally" run through my head at night. :crazy: (I get racing thoughts a lot when trying to sleep) Let alone add an MP3 player iPod or radio to the mix. :teehee: