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insight without labels


for investigating and understanding
mental health problems in yourself or your child

During the waiting list, the diagnostic phase or when assistance becomes bogged down, BOAM-selfdiagnostics provides effective help immediately.

In a group training session or under the guidance of a therapist, you will self-diagnose yourself or your child so you are in control. You do this using 10 simple visual models that explain mental health problems in a straightforward way.

The models do not show disorders (DSM-labels) but psychological laws that apply to every human being. Psychological problems thus become normalised and relatable.

By self-diagnosing your self-knowledge and empathy grows. This automatically helps you reflect better on new problem situations. In this way, you recognize and understand the cause of problems better, which leads to change.

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A BOAM-diagnosis helps

The psychoeducation on the 10 BOAM-models are understandable for all ages, and for all levels of intelligence and language proficiency.

The figures on the models are gender-neutral and culture-neutral.

Self-diagnosis gives self-direction and is therefore also low-threshold for teenagers.

Modern causes of mental health problems such as increased sensory stimuli, choices, multitasking and performance pressure are part of BOAM self-diagnostics.

Reality perception and social and practical skills are mapped in detail with BOAM self-diagnostics.

Because the models apply to every person, not only does understanding of your child grow, but also understanding of yourself and each other as educators. This improves family dynamics.

For single psychological problems, after BOAM self-diagnostics, treatment is often no longer needed or only short-term.

With multiple complex problems, the whole family self-diagnoses itself in an understandable way. The shared language and insights thus generated are a fertile basis for effective further treatment.

WATCH the playful models

READ the explanatory text

REFLECT on yourself / your child

MAKE your own diagnosis

GROW in self-knowledge and empathy and CHANGE

Scientific publication

We’ve written a scientific paper on BOAM -selfdiagnostics.

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About Damiët Truijens

Damiët is an inspired senior with over twenty years of experience working with children and families. She works in specialized youth mental health and has her own couples therapy practice.

Her mission is to give adults and children more autonomy in understanding, preventing and solving mental health problems. It took her 10 years to develop the Boam self-diagnostics, come up with the models and draw them. Her clients helped make everything clearer and clearer. Now she is writing the book about it.