Getting and Coping with A Diagnosis

Getting a diagnosis is often one of the first steps of recovery.

In order to get a diagnosis, a mental health assessment, called a Diagnostic Assessment, is required.  This assessment is provided by a mental health professional like a counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist.  These professionals are typically found through your health insurance plan, your primary care clinic, or through a mental health clinic.  Diagnostic assessments provide a diagnosis as well as a list of needs and recommendations for possible services and treatment.  Learn more about how to get a mental health assessment completed.

During or after the process of receiving a diagnosis, you may have questions about the following:

You may also find NAMI’s Hope for Recovery brochure helpful while you are in the process of getting and coping with a diagnosis.  It is a  broad-based brochure with subjects including:  Insurance, Financial Assistance, Housing Options, Intensive Treatment Options, Community Services and Support, Employment, Evidence-Based Practices, Crisis Intervention, Pre-petition Screening and Commitment, Data Privacy, Advocacy Information and Complaint.

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