Patients can diagnose too: How continuous self-assessment aids diagnosis of, and recovery from, depression.

@article{Groot2010PatientsCD,
  title={Patients can diagnose too: How continuous self-assessment aids diagnosis of, and recovery from, depression.},
  author={Peter J. van Coeverden de Groot},
  journal={Journal of mental health},
  year={2010},
  volume={19 4},
  pages={352-62}
}
BACKGROUND A dichotomous ICD-10 or DSM-IV diagnosis of depression does not fully capture its natural phenotype: a dimensional continuum of environmentally reactive fluctuations in mood. Therefore, ICD and DSM labels of depression, although useful from a service perspective, fail to help patients directly. This paper will show, using the author's experiences as an example, that patients with mood disorders can "diagnose" the natural phenotype, in the sense that systematic recording of painful… CONTINUE READING

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