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Subthreshold Diagnoses

Presence of a subthreshold diagnosis refers to instances in which an individual is endorsing some criteria for a mental health disorder (based on the International Classification of Diseases or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and is presenting with a detriment in functioning (e.g., social, occupational) but does not reach the full number of criteria or time duration required to receive a full-threshold diagnosis. These individuals are often diagnosed with other specified or unspecified disorders. Subthreshold diagnoses tend to be considered impairments that are atypical, mild, masked, or extreme but brief. They may be reflective of the onset of a disorder or the intermittent or residual states of full-threshold diagnoses. Furthermore, they may present independently or co-occur with other forms of mental health ...

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