“Diagnosis /di·ag·no·sis/ (di″ag-no´sis) the determination of the nature of a case of a disease or the distinguishing of one disease from another.”
– Dorland’s Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc.
Diagnoses describe a group of symptoms or behaviors. However, since every individual is unique, they won’t fit perfectly in a box – and we should not attempt to make them fit. As it says in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 37a), “The world was created (just) for me.”
Individuals grow and change; therefore, a diagnosis doesn’t define the ultimate potential of any given child. In fact, sometimes it might be too early to make a diagnosis.