Our human body systems are similar and predictable enough in response to disease and illness that physicians are able to study how medical symptoms develop and learn what substances and/or procedures will stabilize and return a person to good health.
In order to talk about and develop their work as medical professionals, a coding system which standardizes the description of symptoms was developed called the ICD. Currently we are in the tenth edition of it.
Even though mental health is primarily about how each unique person develops their own life, is affected and handles their significant relationships, and is significantly driven by a person’s beliefs and emotions, mental health is also codified in ICD-10, as though life is quantifiable as a disease process or illness.
Outside of the very real possibility that someone is a danger to themselves or others, usually the symptoms which lead a person to utilize a therapist, are much more subtle and relate to a particular life problem or relationship.
Since someone who is unsure about a major area of their life may be unusually susceptible to persuasion by an authority, to hear a diagnosis code may feel reassuring, as though an identity is handed to them.
Then, instead of the difficult work to open details of their anxiety, say, a person may distance further from such self-knowledge and believe the generally named ICD condition is an identity to accept and possibly medicate.
“Anxiety”, “borderline” have ICD-10 codes and can also easily become words someone identifies with instead of deepening their self-examination of pain and self-doubt.
Prevent Being Categorized By A System Meant For Medical Problems
One of the most useful features of codifying medicine is to give insurance corporations a simple way to know what medical procedure was done to one of their customers.
While numeric codes are far more efficient to read than a narrative report and are effective to identify medical conditions which affect our health, our personal lives are more detailed and nuanced than information identified by code number.
When you utilize talk therapy focus on the life or relationship problem you’d like to improve, regardless of the code number or name your therapist writes on your billing invoice.
Evolving your life holds greater meaning than is contained in a billing code.