I asked Lynn during our last therapy session, “What diagnosis have you given me for the insurance company?”
She said, “That’s easy” and rattled off a number which I recollect as being DSM-IV 296.33. My previous therapist’s have answered that same question with words like PTSD, Dysthymic Disorder and depression so I didn’t expect a number and I was pleasantly surprised. This makes me think Lynn is being honest and fully up-front with me. Of course, I had to look up the number when I got home.
DSM is taken from the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition. The DSM number describes the specific mental health disorder that a person has. My particular number means “major depressive disorder, recurrent, severe without psychotic features.” I’m not absolutely sure I heard the last 2 numbers correctly. Maybe it was 296.32 which is moderate depression not severe. Or maybe she classified me as mildly depressed, 296.31. When I see her next week I will ask her again and write down what she says. My desire to stay in control needs to know. You could definitely say I have trouble with feeling vulnerable. ☺
What’s your number? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSM-IV_Codes