- How diagnostic labels help therapists: Diagnostic labels allow therapists to categorize groups of people based upon an underlying illness. It can also help therapists guide treatment. Therapists can better cater to their patient’s needs if they know their diagnosis. They also can try to relate successful treatment options between people with the same diagnosis.
- How diagnostic labels help patients: Sometimes it’s important to people so they can better understand their struggles. Patients can learn more about their diagnosis and research effective treatment options. Also, a diagnosis can help patients learn more about their symptoms.
The Dangers of Diagnostic Labels
However, labels can also be dangerous because it can “stamp” a person as ill and make them see themselves only through this lens. People should not be defined by their illness and can sometimes be treated differently by others because of it. People are more than just a diagnosis and we all have struggles so it’s important to view oneself in a larger context.