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Mental Disorder Symptom Severity: Are You Functioning OR NON-Functioning?

I wanted to share the cartoon I drew for Terry GorskiGorski On Charting: Reporting Changes In Symptom Severity” of Functioning. One of my least favorite questions is identifying someone not just by a label but the quality of that label…such as if I am highly functioning or non-functioning? Like I am an unwanted toy in the return aisle at Walmart on December 26th!

You might not understand me yet, so let’s screen play it out:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chato

(walking through the Psychotherapist Dr. Bob Bob’s Office door)

————— Doctor I need help, I can’t

————— sleep and I’m eating too much.

—————  my work is suffering…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dr. Bob Bob

————— Take 2 of these and pay

————— Secretary on your way out.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chato

————— ??! I CAN’T function!!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dr. Bob Bob

————— I disagree, only someone

————— highly functioning would say that.

Okay- the truth is you needed to help to identify symptoms to focus the current treatment plan.

Four general categories of impairments in functioning:  normal, mild, moderate, or severe.

* Normal Functioning is rated when there are no symptoms.  Score between 7 and 10.

* Mild Impairment in Functioning is rated when symptoms or problems are a nuisance but can be managed successfully with extra effort.  Score between 5 and 7.

* Moderate Impairment in Functioning is rated when the problems or symptoms periodically cause dysfunction in spite of extra efforts taken to manage them.  Score between 3 and 5.

* Severe Impairment in Functioning is rated when the problems or symptoms consistently cause serious dysfunction.  Score between 1 and 3. This also applies when there is suicidal or homicidal risk and/or the general inability to function and care for self.

Check out Terry’s full article

Here are some more of my cartoons for:

Gorski On Charting 1 Gorski On Charting 2 | Gorski On Charting 3 | Gorski On Charting 4

Mental Disorder Symptom Severity: Are You Functioning OR NON-Functioning?


Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). info@mentalhealthhumor.com


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Stewart, C. (2019). Mental Disorder Symptom Severity: Are You Functioning OR NON-Functioning?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2014/06/mental-disorder-symptom-severity-non-function/

 

Last updated: 28 Mar 2019
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