Dr. Matthew Paldy

On the Prevalence of Diagnosing

By Dr. Matthew Paldy

It's apparent that in today's society people readily and casually throw around diagnoses, for example, ADD, bipolar disorder, and depression. A psychotherapist I respect describes this phenomenon: "While I believe people can derive some comfort from such labels and think, "I can put a name on this. I can call this depression, I can call this PTSD, and there is some value in having those labels, there's also a risk, and the risk is thinking that these labels explain something. If you tell me a person has schizophrenia you've told me five percent of what I want to know about that person."