Can we ask for a new diagnosis?

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Can we ask for a new diagnosis?

Postby Trying » May 20th, 2017, 8:03 pm

My daughter was diagnosed with depression at age 12. She's 16 now and is sure that depression is no longer the correct diagnosis. Is it appropriate to ask her psychiatrist for a new diagnosis? Would I make a diagnostic appointment instead of the normal maintenance appointment, or just bring it up during a normal appointment?
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Re: Can we ask for a new diagnosis?

Postby HowDidIGetHere » May 23rd, 2017, 5:06 pm

(Not a professional, but a lifelong patient, so consider the source.)

Yes, you can absolutely ask for a new assessment. I would imagine that a diagnosis of someone at 12 is highly susceptible to being temporary, given how hormones figure into various diagnoses.

The only caveat I can think of is what your insurance will cover. I don't know that insurance companies cover diagnostic appointments differently than maintenance appointments (though I wouldn't be surprised to find they do), so it may be worth checking out.

Would you go to the same therapist or try a second opinion?
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Re: Can we ask for a new diagnosis?

Postby Stina » May 25th, 2017, 12:23 pm

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It would be completely appropriate to bring this up with your daughter's psychiatrist. I just went through the assessment process myself after my psychiatrist brought up the idea during one of our regular check-ins. She wasn't qualified to do the assessment for the particular issues she thought I might have, but I found a psych team that assessed me.

So yes, bring it up at a regular check-in appointment and go from there.

Also, I'm so glad you care enough about your daughter to be going through this process with her. :-)
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