Essay on Psychiatric Diagnosis For Mental Health

2150 Words Nov 17th, 2016 9 Pages
Many individuals at some point in their lives will suffer from a psychological disorder of some sort or another (Cave, 2002). Previous research has highlighted that approximately one in six people in the UK experience some form of mental health problems at some point in their lives (Social Exclusion Unit, 2004). Mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD) similarly can affect up to 15% of the population at any one time. There is much different in some way in the seriousness of common mental health disorders, but all can be connected with significant long term disability (Pilling, Whittington, Taylor, & Kendrick, 2011)
Professionals in mental health use two main classification systems to formulate psychiatric diagnosis for example DSM-5 and ICD 10 (United Behavioural Health, 2013). DSM-5 of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual" is the fifth edition which is produced to assist in making clear, reliable diagnoses, and promote more accurate knowledge about mental disorders (Barlow & Durand, 2008) (APA, 2012) The current approach of separately noting diagnoses from lifestyle factors is consistent with established World Health Organization (WHO) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) guidelines (WHO, 1992)
This essay will critically analyse the utility of diagnosis for professionals in the mental health field and examine the impact on service users. Furthermore, it will assess both…

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