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New Psychiatrist - Dx Ptsd, Unstable


Saw the new psychiatrist, got the records today. My diagnosis is

PTSD, unstable

Depression, unstable


My diagnosis from the former psychiatrist was

PTSD, chronic

MDD, chronic



What does it mean, 'unstable'? I've not seen that in my records before, not in the dx, anyway.

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- Acute: Symptoms > 1 month, < 3 months

- Chronic: Symptoms ≥ 3 months

- Delayed Onset: Onset ≥ 6 months

Due to 'chronic' appearing twice, was your GAF was below 50 or possibly below 40?

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Ask your MH provider at your next appointment.


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In this case I think that the Doc is saying that your PTSD and Depression are not predictable could get worse or better. It also may have something to do with Meds you are taking.

The best thing to do when you don't understand is to ask the Doc what exactly do they mean.

Good Luck

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Carlie & Pete,

Thanks. Yeah, I know, you're right about asking. I always come here first when I'm rattled or riled about something. Then I post my anxiety & frustration for all to see and bear. I think I need to try and relax before posting...!

Vync, thanks.

My GAF has been below 50 every time it's been done over the past two years, and once was 38. The PTSD et. al. are from way back.

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Hadit is a safe place and I was not complaining just telling you what I though could help.

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