Health care professionals begin to form a diagnostic picture of a patient or client based on stereotypes of individuals whom they believe will be more likely to develop depression. However, the diagnostic process further breaks down when the patient describes his or her symptoms. Although patients should be encouraged to describe their symptoms and offer an explanation about the likely cause of their health disturbances, relying exclusively on the patient interview and his or her self-reports renders the diagnosis subjective.
KeywordsHealth Care Professional Emotional Symptom Depressed Individual Depressed Person Depressed People
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