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DQ 3 What are the benefits of using diagnostic labels to identify and describe abnormal
behavior? What are the risks of using diagnostic labels to identify and describe
abnormal behavior?
There are several things that diagnosis can help with, for example if some one is truly
too ill to work and take care of themselves then the proper diagnosis can help this
person get the benefits and help they need to have the best life possible. This also
helps Doctors know what is going on. A diagnosis is a lot easier to transfer from place to
place then a whole medical history (take it from some one in the military, They can not
keep anything from getting lost for months or years). Another thing that is a new benefit
to a solid diagnosis is the people involved be it family members or the person
themselves can use the internet and books on the subject to better understand what is
going on. Often when doctors tell a person something it does not really sink in because
it is communicated in Doctorieze, meaning it is all but impossible for someone other
then another doctor to understand in detail. Granted a lot of the information on the
internet is subjective, but it gives the person a place to start looking for answers to
questions they do not even know they need to ask. On the other hand there are several
things that can go wrong with diagnosis and labeling of a person. The first of these is
the possibility of the label being wrong. Psychology is subject to interpretation of the
evidence and often leads people to different diagnosis. this means that person may be
treated for something that is not a problem leading to there not being a lot of success,
this leads to problems that can make the person stop looking for answers all together,
the second issue with a label is discrimination, there are still those bone headed people
out there who think that a mental illness automatically is a death sentence and refuses
to work with the person or there are those who still think these things are contagious.
Needless to say these people need to try reading a book instead of coasting through life
with a brain the size of a walnut, but this shows that there is a few people out there
whom can make life difficult for people with labels. the final thing that I can think of as
being an issue with labels is the fact that some people get these labels and use them as
a "crutch" to not have to try and function in life. I for example was labled one time with
borderline personality disorder. This used to be a mental health death sentence and as
a result I have found that it is hard to get people to understand that I am not crazy just a
little different in the wiring department. Basically I have to work harder then most people
to function, but I am functioning and I have not turned into the mass killer that everyone
thought I would be. For example my father refused to teach me to drive a car because
he believed that I would get mad at some one and kill them with my car. I kept trying to
tell him that there are cheaper and easier ways to kill someone but I guess he did not
get the joke. Ironically I have become the opposite of what everyone thought I would be,
I am a Passavist and do not like fighting or violence of any kind (I am too lazy to fight or

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