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Has being diagnosed helped you? - October 17th 2012, 01:33 PM

I was wondering whether you have been diagnosed (by a medical professional, not yourself!) and whether having that diagnoses has helped you. I mean, I know its different in some countries and you need a diagnoses to get treatment, but do you think its helped you maybe understand what you're going through and helped you to 'self help'. Or maybe it affected you treatment?

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Re: Has being diagnosed helped you? - October 17th 2012, 04:15 PM

Finding out a name made it easier for me to explain to others what was wrong with me; I found that once you could say you had x condition, it made it easier for them to accept. And it made it easier to explain to people... Rather than having to say 'i'm really scared of people and constantly wonder what they think of me which sometimes can mean I get really paranoid. Sometimes I can't talk to people or pick up the phone etc' I could say I have social anxiety. A diagnosis also meant that I had to take responsibility for myself and couldn't stay in denial about it any more. It gave me hope that now they could know how to treat me, which is why I've asked for an assessment to be done by my new team so we're all on the same page and can discuss treatment options. It's reminded me that i'm not alone as well.
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Re: Has being diagnosed helped you? - October 17th 2012, 05:57 PM

It helped me. If I hadn't got any diagnosis, I would surely be dead by now.

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Re: Has being diagnosed helped you? - October 17th 2012, 06:24 PM

If I hadn't received a diagnosis, I would probably be at a much worse place now. Being diagnosed four years ago, I thought: yeah sure, put a name on my insanity. But now, I am grateful for the knowledge and treatment I've received.
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Re: Has being diagnosed helped you? - October 17th 2012, 11:00 PM

A diagnosis has helped in terms of possibly receiving the right treatment.
It's also helped because then I'm able to do my own research, reach out to people with similar problems, and allow myself (to an extent) to be able to tell when something is a symptom and requires attention or if it's just something everyone goes through.

If I was never diagnosed in the first place (although it has recently changed) I'm 100% sure I would be in a much worse situation than I am now, probably homeless and alone.

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Re: Has being diagnosed helped you? - October 19th 2012, 11:10 PM

Receiving an accurate diagnosis has definitely been useful to me, with regards to being on the right medication and receiving the right amount of input from mental health.

Discovering that I have a bipolar-type mood disorder definitely changed the way I received treatment from when they thought it was just depression. You give a bipolar sort of person an anti-depressant . . . you get mania. Great fun for me, not so much for the professionals. And the focus of therapy etc became identifying early warning signs (which I'm still crap at), and managing both extremes of the mood spectrum, instead of just trying to drag myself out of the depression hole.

Also I am now receiving more assistance to help me with medication compliance, because compliance is a huge issue for me.

They have also diagnosed me with BPD, but I disagree with this. They're still trying to get me to do bits of DBT in individual sessions though. It's mainly because I'm very impulsive . . . and coping with impulsive urges has been a focus of my treatment for a number of years now.

So yeah . . . being diagnosed has been useful, I just have to carry around the bitchkitty of a BPD diagnosis as well.
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Re: Has being diagnosed helped you? - October 20th 2012, 04:42 AM

Being diagnosed was probably the best thing I could've done for myself because if I hadn't, I would be much worse off now than I was then. It allowed me to get help from others who in turn, gave me tools to help myself.

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