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.
By David Joel Miller.
Which Axis does that go on?
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 get any possible physical illness or…
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