The good news is that most of the recognized disorders have treatments, research, information and support available to help those who are diagnosed.
Much of this is available in many communities and online making help readily accessible by the majority of us out there.
Well, believe it or not, this is something that many people will wonder.
So, what do you do if you have these concerns or already know that a psychological disorder is present in your marriage?
This article will attempt to answer some common concerns and provide some options to consider if you or your spouse are concerned about the possibility of living with a psychological disorder. To start, it is helpful to understand some things about psychological disorders.
A psychological disorder does not mean that one is “crazy.” It means there has been some breakdown in one’s mental, emotional or behavioral functioning that causes distress or impairment and is beyond typical or cultural expectations.
A diagnosis of a psychological disorder means that a trained professional has made a reasonably objective attempt to classify certain observed and/or reported signs, symptoms and behaviors into a category that can be observed and agreed upon by others.
The primary reason we have diagnoses is to have a systemized way to characterize certain things that are distressing and out of the ordinary in order to assist, provide for, and protect those who are suffering and those around them. You might have noticed from your visits to a physician that some physical problems are easily diagnosed and others are not.
There is actually still some guesswork involved in diagnosing medical problems and the same applies to psychological problems.
Thus, it is not always clear cut if a psychological disorder exists, although there can be some very reasonable and fair assessments of the signs and symptoms that are seen.
Psychological disorders come in many varieties such as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD), etc.
Although there are some common symptoms among those who have a disorder, there are generally individual differences in how the symptoms are expressed, how frequent they are, how severe they are, etc.
There is no “one size fits all,” when it comes to diagnosis as each person has to be examined and understood as the individual they are.