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Old 03-25-2019, 04:49 PM #1
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Hello everyone,

I am wondering how you feel about living with a diagnosis or multiple diagnoses. We know that for people to be assessed or receive treatment, they need at least one diagnosis for billing codes etc. But I am curious if anyone feels that a mental health diagnosis has affected them in other ways. Or has it not affected you at all? Ambivalent?
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Well... although I kicked around the mental health system where I live for around 15 years or so before I finally kissed it all good-bye, I never did receive anything in the way of a diagnosis. I suppose there was something written down somewhere for insurance purposes... probably depression. But it really wasn't based on anything of any consequence... just something to plug into the appropriate box in order to get paid.

I often wish I had been given a genuine diagnosis... not that it would have made any real difference in the whole scheme of things. But it would have been nice to have something to hang my hat on, so to speak... something I could perhaps lean on to explain all of the confusion & ugliness of my life. If nothing else it would have given me a basis for knowing which forum to post in here on PC!

Anyway... it's all water over the dam now. Yet I still find myself, from time-to-time, musing over the possibility of finally being able to come to an understanding with regard to what it was all about. (Desperately Seeking Sigmund Freud)
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Well... although I kicked around the mental health system where I live for around 15 years or so before I finally kissed it all good-bye, I never did receive anything in the way of a diagnosis. I suppose there was something written down somewhere for insurance purposes... probably depression. But it really wasn't based on anything of any consequence... just something to plug into the appropriate box in order to get paid.

I often wish I had been given a genuine diagnosis... not that it would have made any real difference in the whole scheme of things. But it would have been nice to have something to hang my hat on, so to speak... something I could perhaps lean on to explain all of the confusion & ugliness of my life. If nothing else it would have given me a basis for knowing which forum to post in here on PC!

Anyway... it's all water over the dam now. Yet I still find myself, from time-to-time, musing over the possibility of finally being able to come to an understanding with regard to what it was all about. (Desperately Seeking Sigmund Freud)

Thank you for sharing Skeezkys. I understand what you are saying. I think it's never too late. If you ever decide that you'd like to open up again to a therapist and hash some things out, you may be amazed by what you discover. Just my thoughts. Peace to you and thanks for contributing.
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I've had a diagnosis of bipolar since 2012, and was diagnosed bipolar 1 in 2014. I still question the label, even though I know intellectually that it's the right one for me. I wondered for most of my life what was wrong with me, and why I struggled so much in life. The label gave me something I could point to as a reason for so much of what I've experienced---the highs, the lows, the joy, the pain, the wonder, the sheer intensity of it all...sometimes overwhelming, but (almost) always worthwhile.
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I don’t know how I feel. I dislike it.
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for me, honestly, one of the things getting diagnosed did for me was make me feel less alone

when I was a child, and all these things were going on with me, I used to think at the end of the day, well, I must be the only person in the world with this stuff going on, and honestly it was a really lonely feeling

trying to explain things to people and they were like what?. I don't get it

when I got a diagnoses, at least I had something. an explanation for my behaviour, more understanding, I'd even go as far to say that some people respected me more because I was able to explain myself and what was going on, rather than just, " I don't know."

their's plenty of bad things about it- the stigma for one, the fact that in my case I'll never be able to work, the hospital visits, the fact I dropped out of school, but I think I'd rather live with one than without.

it's helped me understand me better and know where I'm at

without it, (and all these things going on), I'm not sure I'd be able to cope
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I should add that people have asked me if their was a cure, a miracle that would take it all away, would I do it.

and no, I wouldn't

it's part of me now and I've learned to live with it
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I have had some negative experiences with doctor's not believing me once they find out I have bipolar. It used to be worse though years ago.
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The labels helped me in certain aspects - getting on disability easily (it was very helpful for the 8 years I was on it), receiving accommodations when necessary in college. In these practical aspects, the labels helped.

Aside from that, I don't put much weight on my labels. My "official" diagnoses are Bipolar Disorder and OCD, but it doesn't really change who I am. I'm just someone who has lived experience with mental health issues. I think my lived experience will be an asset in the Social Work field.
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It seems like a double-edged sword to me. It can feel isolating to manage things on your own. But the diagnosis tends to carry such a stigma.
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