Although diagnosing mental illness can be challenging, mental health clinicians too often make reckless misdiagnoses. The consequences of misdiagnosis are wide-ranging, all of which include poor outcomes for patients. Clinicians need to return to simple, ethical best practices to solve this prolific problem.
Years of misunderstanding and over-diagnosing mental illness has led to many taking psychiatric medications they don’t need. The result has been children, adolescents and adults failing to learn appropriate coping and problem solving skills to manage life after medicating away normal emotions.