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    How Medical Conditions Mimic Psychological Disorders

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    Can someone help me with an example of how medical conditions might mimic psychological disorders? I also have to explain two ways to minimize instances of misdiagnosing a medical condition as a psychological disorder. In addition, I have to explain what actions I might take within the scope of personal competency if I do suspect a medical condition and why.

    I know that when diagnosing a client with a particular psychological pathology or disorder, it is essential to consider whether the client has a medical condition. At times, medical conditions may contribute to a person's psychological disorder. For example, someone who is premenopausal might experience mood swings or depression. To effectively treat a person, a psychologist must address both the medical and psychological aspects of their condition. With many factors to consider, psychologists must be careful to address the symptoms of disorder accurately. I know that a psychologist's personal scope of competency is related to a client's diagnosis and it is critical in order to effectively address other diagnostic factors to other providers.

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    One example of how medical conditions might mimic psychological disorders is when an individual is suffering from memory problems and frequent feelings of being disoriented, which may seem to be psychological or psychotic in nature, when in fact these conditions or symptoms can often be the result of vertigo and or allergic reactions to foods or medications. One effective way that might help to minimize the instances of misdiagnosing a medical ...