want to be sure you know about the limitations that we think apply
to this site and the Internet in general for mental health.
First, mental problems can't be diagnosed over the Internet, any
more than your red blood count could be determined over the Internet.
Partly for that reason, in many cases we don't give complete and
precise criteria for diagnoses. Accurate diagnosis requires direct
observation by a trained clinician who can take into account visual
and behavioral information, not just the answers on a checklist.
We do intend to give you accurate information that will help you
decide whether you should consult a professional about a problem
that you or a family member may have.
diagnosis is critical for mental problems, just as it is for physical
problems--it would be a disaster if a physician misdiagnosed pneumonia
as lung cancer and operated, and it would be a similar disaster
if a psychiatrist treated a patient with schizophrenia for dementia.
It takes a lot of training and experience to make an accurate diagnosis,
as you will realize if you read the more than 200 categories of
mental health problems that we describe here.
problem is that two individuals with the same diagnosis may look
very different. This happens because not all the symptoms described
in each category need to be present for the diagnosis to be assigned.
The site presents a very general, simplistic overview of each disorder
in terms of diagnosis. It has not been set up so that you can diagnose
yourself or someone else. There are many "if..then" situations
related to what is presented that only a qualified clinician can
identify to determine the correct diagnosis.
also have no intention of treating problems over the Internet.
Nevertheless, you can learn a lot about what treatments
are available and what treatments are likely to be appropriate for
which disorders-- enough, we hope, to make you a much smarter consumer
of mental health services.
we cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information at the sites
to which our site is linked. Even if we could check every fact on
every site at a given time, the contents of any site can change
at any moment. You should be skeptical about the information at
any site you visit, including ours. We also cannot vouch for the
accuracy of information provided to us by advertisers, whether the
advertiser is a business or an individual offering services. Again,
be an informed, skeptical, and sophisticated consumer.