Today’s guest post is from Ryan/Fearless Frontman talking all about how a correct diagnosis can help in getting the best support.
Let’s talk about mental health and also diagnosis. It’s been known that when wanting to give someone help first we need to know what’s wrong and what they need help with.
For most people and their families, having to wait for a diagnosis can be a painful wait. The wait to know what is wrong their loved ones, the wait for the person to receive the right support can be long which is why it is wise to nip it in the bud at an early stage.
So, what is a diagnosis?
‘Diagnosis is the identification of the nature and cause of a certain phenomenon. Diagnosis is used in many different disciplines with variations in the use of logic, analytics, and experience to determine “cause and effect”. In systems engineering and computer science, it is typically used to determine the causes of symptoms, mitigations, and solutions’
While families may want to know what is wrong straight away, there are stages that need to be taken before a diagnosis can be determined.
1: Symptoms – In order to diagnose someone, first the person needs to describe the symptoms. This is the first most important stage.
2: How long – What next is to see how long the symptoms have been present and the third stage is to see how it affects them.
For some, it is a blessing to know what’s wrong with them. This is so that they know what they need to do to get better but for some, it’s a shock of life to know that they have a condition and it could affect them for the rest of their lives.
So what exactly can be done to relieve the pain for families. What can be done is to introduce early diagnosis.
Getting an early diagnosis is very crucial because it allows various departments such as social services, mental health services and other services can get involved and set up the right support. It also allows for the family to plan on the most appropriate response and also the correct choice in regards to care and support.
Whilst an early diagnosis is always the preferred option, sometimes it’s not always straightforward. There are some conditions that have symptoms which may fall under a number of them i.e. Autism and Dementia. People one or the other don’t have to ability to retain information and as such don’t remember what is happening or what has happened.
Talking from experience, I once told the people that were working with my family I knew for sure that my brother had autism. Of course they laughed it off because I was only young and they thought that I didn’t know much. It was quite a long wait having to wait for an appointment with the specialists. Once we received the appointment there were all these questions we had but during the process we soon found out that it was a genetic condition and that mostly all my family had autism. The diagnosis took 6-8 months which you could say was quite early and that was because of the signs we had spotted at an early stage.
I would have liked to have been listened to more by professionals and also I would have like to have known who we could speak to about tour fears.
Once we had it confirmed, we were now able to organise the correct support.
It can be painful, it can be a long wait but getting a diagnosis can put your mind at ease. Don’t be afraid to tell your doctor that you think something’s wrong. It might be nothing but doing nothing could cause the symptoms to grow into something bigger and deadlier.
Before the initial appointment it is wise to note down what you have noticed and also ask your family to keep a note so when you meet with the specialist you can tell them everything. Everything you say is important when making the right diagnosis.
Diagnosis – It can be a long wait but is worth it in the end.
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