So I was trying to decide what kind of code to choose for today and I've had this one jotted down on my virtual post-it for about a week:
- R45.2 Unhappiness
In case you're wondering, this code is found in Chapter 18 of ICD-10-CM, Symptoms, Signs and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory Findings, Not Elsewhere Classified. In other words, it's a symptom code. Whew! Thankfully it's not in the mental and behavioral health chapter! But I, personally, think something is missing here - a couple of nonessential modifiers.
Quick side note for you newbies (and the veterans who have forgotten): Nonessential modifiers are those words in the index and code descriptions found in parentheses. These parentheses enclose words that may or may not apply to the patient you are coding. In this case, I think the following list of nonessential modifiers should be added:
- Temporary - This could apply to all of us at one point in time or another.
- Persistent - Seriously. I know persistently unhappy people. I've found there are two options: 1) Try to make them smile (or better yet, laugh!); and 2) Stay away. Persistently unhappy people can be toxic.
- Monday doldrums - Self explanatory.
- Monday blahs - See "Monday doldrums"
- A case of the Mondays - See "Monday doldrums"
So from me to you, I would like to wish you a Happy Monday. And if you were an R45.2 this morning, may it be temporary. And here's something I learned from my mom - smiley faces are contagious. Here's one for you!