I have a job where knowledge of the DSM manual is a must. I recently had a conversation with a woman who told me that her daughter was diagnosed as Aspergers with hallucinations.
This is most likely not her daughters problem. There is a fine line between Autistic Spetrum Disorders and schziophrenia. The difference between the criteria in the DSM is that autistics do not have hallucinations.
I asked my boss why the doctor would have given that diagnosis and he said that most docs do not like to label a child as schizophrenic, so they just label it as and ASD with hallucinations. I asked him if he thinks a parent should have the right to know this and he said yes, he thinks they should.
So, do if this happens again, do I tell a parent that the doctor didn't want to give her the more realistic diagnosis?
Asked by Anonymous at 5:32 PM on Jul. 7, 2010 in Kids' Health
Answer by CCHSMOM at 10:58 AM on Jul. 8, 2010
Answer by Linds2Horse at 5:34 PM on Jul. 7, 2010
I would not tell her that the Dr. does not want to give her proper diagnosis. i would just tell her what you know about it & say something like "Aspergers & hallucinations are a rare combo, maybe you should check out this info I've been reading about" I would make a friendly suggestion & let her know what you know & what you do, who you work with & why you must know about the DSM manual. But, accusing her Dr. of purposely diagnosing her child wrong is a stretch. I would not do that.
Answer by samurai_chica at 5:39 PM on Jul. 7, 2010
Answer by shay1130 at 5:35 PM on Jul. 7, 2010
Please MYOB. I am sure that the Mother knows exactly what the problem is with her daughter. When there is an issue with your child you instinctively research it to find a cause and remedy. Obviously the child's issues are being addressed. You may think you are helping and it may be a nice gesture but I am sure the Mother is not ignorant. She sought out Medical Professionals to help her daughter. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions". Be careful you could loose your job. If she asks your opinion then give it to her otherwise don't say anything.
Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 6:29 PM on Jul. 7, 2010
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Answer by carmadsmom at 6:07 PM on Jul. 7, 2010
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