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The Life Cycle of the Psychiatric Diagnosis describes the path many people find themselves in. Some people may skip steps, return to them, or become stuck on them.
If people were to look at and reconcile the first step, they could skip all the way to step 11. People often begin to skip forwards much faster when they remember that they are people first and a description of behaviour and management strategies second.