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One of the reasons is that we cannot clearly define a mental disorder is that we can't see it or touch it. That leaves only subjective ways to diagnose that are prone to human error. We can't take an xray for instance. The other reason is that diagnoses if you look in the DSM-IV are very similar. This causes us to misdiagnose people in families of disorders that are similar in nature. Lastly human error alone can cause a mis diagnosis. We either ignore or misinterpret symptoms and this leads to giving people a diagnosis that is in error. The patient themselves can also give information that is faulty and this leads to their own mis diagnosis. Patient can eliminate symptom thinking it is unimportant and really in reality be crucial to the clinician's decision in diagnosis them. It has been found that two clinicians can give two diagnosis based on the patient's self report.
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