Is it a medical problem or a mental health problem – Axis III


An interesting article about the relationship between medical issues, physical symptoms and mental illness.

Read more: http://counselorssoapbox.com/2012/06/18/is-it-a-medical-problem-or-a-mental-health-problem-axis-iii/

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By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

Which Axis does that go on?

UPDATE

Under the DSM-5 system, mental health professionals no longer separate the information onto five Axis. We do still look for this information.

Several questions have come in on the relationship between medical issues, physical symptoms and the five-axis system of the DSM. This is the lay version of that discussion. For a full discussion, you would need to consult the APA site or the full DSM-4-TR. I see from the search terms coming into counselorssoapbox.com that there are several questions about this.

The mental health profession is focused on mental illnesses. The DSM it the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” for a good reason. So if the problem is medical it is outside what we are doing. If you have ANY doubt, please see a medical doctor first and…

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2 thoughts on “Is it a medical problem or a mental health problem – Axis III

  1. It is a medical problem and a mental health problem, but knowing you like I do, you will make it. You are a very beautiful and strong women are loved by many.

    1. I know that you helped me form a core part of the strength that got me through all those years. You also gave me the gift of laughter and safety. I love you, you really are my dad… the one I missed… the one I found again.

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