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Summary of the Diagnostic Process

A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP, Kaushik Misra, Ph.D., Amy K. Epner, Ph.D., and Galen Morgan Cooper, Ph.D.

People are often perplexed and fascinated by the diagnostic process. In this article, we provided a basic description of this process. We reviewed the signs and symptoms of addictive disorders called Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders. We also reviewed several activity addictions. Finally, we discussed other psychiatric conditions that commonly occur together with addiction. Although a diagnostic label may tell us something useful about the past and present, it provides very little guidance about the future. A diagnosis cannot predict how the recovery process will unfold. The next section addresses these issues.

 

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