Trudi Jane Wyatt, MA, RP, CCC
Registered Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy over the telephone for individual male and female adults in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


416-901-0994 No text; if emergency 911; see ‘Resources’.

By appointment only. Weekdays, daytime (M-F) or evening (M-Th).

Psychiatric “Diagnosis” vs. Medical Diagnosis

These are not the same. Rather than reinventing the wheel though, to explain the difference I defer to Psychologist Dr. Toby Watson’s post, “Subjective Diagnosis and Limitations to Psychiatric Diagnosis”:

“Psychological and psychiatric diagnosis are unlike any true medical diagnosis that are discovered and or found in the lab or with real physiological tissue (i.e. with real medical evidence).  Psychiatric diagnosis are really phenomenological concepts and metaphors (i.e. like a sick fiscal policy), and in that regard, when a patient is given a diagnostic label, it is for simply having or not having a certain thought or feeling and or doing or not doing a certain behavior. There are no biological tests, scans or laboratory findings to review when arriving at a diagnoses (other than ruling out true medical conditions)…”

To read the rest of Dr. Watson’s article, please follow this link:

Note that this post is not psychotherapy / counselling; please contact me or another professional if you require these services. If you need urgent support, consider Toronto Distress Centres at 416.408.4357. If you need immediate help, call 911 or go to your local Emergency Room. Note this post is for information only, does not imply that a professional relationship has been established with readers, is not advice, and does not imply intent to provide professional services to readers. Intended audience: Current adult residents of the Canadian province of Ontario only.

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