When it comes to mental health, I can be a walking psychiatry book. I was misdiagnosed a couple of times, I was able to sent away some of the “demons”, but I always keep one or two in my head. Just in case I was getting bored.
Joke aside. Since we don’t use much appropriate diagnostics (like lab tests and other fool proof scans), I don’t take these diagnoses too seriously. They can serve us to find a better help or connect you to more people with similar issues, but this is pretty much it. If you’re not 100% sure what you’re treating, the outcome can’t be 100% sure, right?
My dad is great when it comes to logic, and he passed a bit of that to me, to help me see the things outside the box. And this is exactly how I see the mental health field. It might be right, wrong or anything in-between, but it’s mine and I’m always open to more knowledge.
I don’t have all of the following diagnosis (anymore 😎 ), but I was labeled officially with them in the past 20 years. I can relate to all of them.
I’ve seen with my own eyes how disorganized ADHD looks like, how borderline personality disorder mess up your relationships and keeps you locked in the world of illusions, delusions and goes hand in hand with daydreaming of an ADHD. I know how anxiety keeps you away from being successful, how lazy can a human be through depression, how exhausting can an OCD be, how can a panic disorder make you a prisoner of your own home, how can premenstrual dysphoric disorder put you in a brutal suicidal mode month after month.
There is one that covers all of them and it’s probably the most accurate for me, it’s CPTSD (my medical team agrees). It’s fueled by the labels I’ve mentioned before. Quite a devil, if you ask me.
You can’t change your past, but you can learn from it. There are some things you can and some you can’t influence much. But there is always something you can influence – yourself and your future.
You can get lost in your diagnoses and let them take over your self perception. Been there, done that, not proud of it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It’s really important that you see the whole picture, your whole self. No matter the label, you’re still that kind or unkind, generous, courageous, passionate, responsible or irresponsible, annoying, creative etc. self.
Don’t let the labels define you.
How about you, do you ever lose yourself in your head and get overwhelmed by your diagnoses?