So what is a mental health diagnosis anyways?
Does my child need a diagnosis?
Some pros to having a diagnosis:- Having a mental health diagnosis can sometimes provide better access to services. For example, a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum might have access to behavior therapy through the public school district.
- A mental health diagnosis is required to seek counseling through your insurance provider or EAP. Insurance benefits can be very helpful in making mental health services accessible and affordable. However, it is important for you to know that a diagnosis will be required in order for them to cover your child’s treatment and this is something that will always be on your child’s health record.
- A mental health diagnosis can be beneficial in creating the most effective treatment plan possible. For example, if medication could be beneficial in your child’s treatment, a diagnosis might be used to name the challenges and provide a way for your therapists and doctors to work together.