A Diagnostic Assessment is a comprehensive, biopsychosocial assessment that includes clinical evaluation of an individual's general physical, mental, social, developmental, and family history. This framework emphasizes the importance of biological, psychological and sociocultural factors on human development and mental health functioning. The information we gather during the assessment helps us to determine an individual's behavioral health needs and recommend appropriate services.
Some individuals with mental health conditions may experience relief and validation after receiving a diagnosis, others may experience fear and anger that they have an illness. While we focus on symptoms and not labels to improve your quality of life there can be some benefits for having a name for the things that are bothering you such as: a tool for your primary care physician, receiving medical care, medication referral, evaluating future health risks, disability support, job protection (FMLA), access to additional services, and school support (IEP, 504 plans).
Labeling your symptoms doesn't relieve them but it is a step forward in the process of getting effective treatment to reduce or eliminating them.