are you able to diagnose my condition?
We would like to start by acknowledging that there are many reasons why someone might seek a diagnosis.
A diagnosis may assist in making decisions around family planning, receiving additional support in school or work environments and gaining access to disability pensions and insurance schemes. A diagnosis alerts medical practitioners to co-morbid conditions to look out for; surgical teams to potential complications and allied health practitioners to think outside the confines of more traditional approaches to therapy and rehabilitation. Receiving a diagnosis is validation after many years of uncertainty, unanswered questions and suffering. It’s a way to communicate what’s going on to someone and lastly it provides a pathway forward to not just receive care, but the right sort of care for you.
It has been our experience that invisible illnesses and their co-morbid conditions present very differently between individuals and hence our recommendations are based upon a thorough assessment of the person before us and not their diagnosis.
In most cases, we are unable to provide a formal diagnosis. We can confirm a provisional diagnosis based on our experience in the field, however it should be noted that this is generally not sufficient for the purposes of presenting to third parties such as the NDIS.