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I found this article which is really interesting about psychiatry becoming more like other medical specialties and more medical which includes a range of tests rather than just diagnosing someone solely on talking to the person who is unwell. It includes ideas about looking at the human brain through imaging, looking at brain functions, using blood tests and psychological tests to find out about susceptibility factors to mental health difficulties, help with diagnosis using different methods. They hope that this new research will help with diagnosis and treatment.
The BDRN team who are the scientific partner and one of the supporters of my project are also helping with this research.
The assessment and diagnosis of mental health difficulties at times I feel is flawed and is not an exact science – from my own experience. Even more reason to be careful. To diagnose Bipolar you really do need to take your time and consider everything. You need to meet with the person several times, talk to the GP and family members. This does not always happen. A lot of mental health difficulties cross over and this I think causes confusion. It seems that diagnosis is too readily given and not considered carefully. Because of the latest fashions in mental health, latest drugs, and insurance, this effects diagnosis.
I found this article interesting but have no idea whether it will work but at least through research hopefully the diagnosis of mentally unwell people will become easier and more accurate and hopefully help people.