The Incorrect Diagnosis For Greater Reimbursement

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professionals document the incorrect diagnosis for greater reimbursement (Wakefield, 135). For example, Wakefield (2013), documents a study where physicians purposely misdiagnosed depression for a higher reimbursement that they would have received if the diagnosis were that of a physical disorder (p. 135). Clearly, this is unacceptable behavior for a healthcare professional, whether they are medical or mental health providers. A clinician does not want to misdiagnose their client. Clinicians often follow three processes when diagnosing a client. First, the clinician ensures the classification correlates to a medical component. The belief is that when a client is not functioning to their full potential, it is automatically assumed…show more content…
Mental disorders are not harmful, they are harmful dysfunctions” (p. 131). When a client receives a diagnosis, it does not mean that client will have that diagnosis for the rest of their life. There is a misconception that when a client is diagnosed with a mental disorder, it becomes their identity. There are sufficient treatments, whether therapeutic or medicinal, that can assist the client overcome their disorder (Nash, 22). The most important thing a client can do is to separate themselves from their diagnosis. Even though the DSM has harsh critics surrounding the subject of diagnosis, there are those who find that the DSM is beneficial when treating clients. As previously mentioned, Clegg (2012) believes that the DSM can be utilized in various agencies and areas of social work. Social workers from different theoretical perspectives find that the DSM is approachable. The manual outlines the symptoms and diagnostic criteria surrounding a disorder. In addition, the manual highlights intervention plans for the diagnosis. These interventions can assist clients and/or their families in overcoming a diagnosis. Lastly, when clients experience symptoms of a mental disorder for the first time, they may feel defeated and unsure of where these symptoms are originating. When clinicians can diagnose their
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