Although the family works hard to improve its coping skills, communication, and problem-solving abilities, the conflicts persist. Neither the therapist nor the family members are aware that the father, who lives on a diet of fast food, has developed extremely low levels of omega 3 fatty acids.
This medical condition, not his emotional profile, is the root cause of his anger and rage.
Soon afterward, psychotherapy delivered by non-medical professionals began to be considered a valid way to treat mental disorders.
Medical illnesses can cause people to experience a baffling array of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems.
As a result, they can easily miss the signs that might lead them to recommend a professional medical diagnosis.
Even internists and physicians at hospitals often miss the underlying medical causes of mental and emotional issues.
Naturally, it is not intended to provide psychotherapists with the tools needed to diagnose these medical conditions.
It will, however, lay the groundwork to allow a therapist to speak in a knowledgeable way with consulting physicians and improve the likelihood of a good evaluation for the patient. Consider this scenario: A family comes to a psychotherapist for help because the middle child has been defiant and difficult. During the day, he is hyper-reactive and non-compliant.
Despite advances in medical technology, there is still no test to definitively identify mental disorders.
At best, medical evaluations can provide clues and help eliminate some of the variables.