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Despite advances in medical technology, there is still no test to definitively identify mental disorders.
At best, medical evaluations can provide clues and help eliminate some of the variables.
Naturally, it is not intended to provide psychotherapists with the tools needed to diagnose these medical conditions.
It will, however, lay the groundwork to allow a therapist to speak in a knowledgeable way with consulting physicians and improve the likelihood of a good evaluation for the patient. Consider this scenario: A family comes to a psychotherapist for help because the middle child has been defiant and difficult. During the day, he is hyper-reactive and non-compliant.
Soon afterward, psychotherapy delivered by non-medical professionals began to be considered a valid way to treat mental disorders.
Medical illnesses can cause people to experience a baffling array of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems.
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Although most patients will not have a causative underlying medical condition, the growing impact of environmental toxins, drug interactions, and degenerative diseases have increased the possibility that there is a medical origin for the condition.
Without a physical and lab testing, this problem will likely not be detected.
Although many psychotherapists are aware of the possibility that underlying physical conditions can cause or exacerbate emotional issues, the reality is that a majority of mental health practitioners spend most of their time treating uncomfortable feelings or social problems – not mental disorders, much less medical problems.
While psychotherapists should not live in fear of missing an unsuspected medical origin, it is important to have adequate knowledge of the medical issues that could potentially relate to their patients' conditions.
This course will provide an overview and source of reference to help make a basic assessment to determine whether medical consultation might add insight to a case.