You are not your diagnosis

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.
If you’re not 100% sure what you’re treating, the outcome can’t be 100% sure, right?

They can serve you to find some professional help or to connect with more people who are battling similar battles than you are.

I don’t have all of the following diagnosis, but I was labeled with them in the past 20 years. I would rather be on the other side of the mental health field, but well, this has its own benefits too, once you acknowledge your issues and start to heal.

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. Use them to connect with people who can support you the most instead.

How about you, do you ever lose yourself in your head and get overwhelmed by your diagnoses?

Further reading:

Don’t Let It Beat You: How to Find Your Fighting Spirit When Life Gets Tough
You Are Not Your Diagnosis
Your Diagnosis Does Not Define You

0 Replies to “You are not your diagnosis”

  1. I don’t have a diagnosis but I have suffered from psychosis. Sometimes it comes back and I can feel the ground slipping away from under me. It’s really scary but most of the time I forget about it. When it comes I just have to stop what I’m doing, dig my heels in and breathe and say ‘I am here ‘

  2. I’m the same. I had so many diagnosis’ that it drove me crazy and i was ‘in pursuit’ of one – this held me back now and brought on deeper darker symptoms.
    PMDD was one way I could get my head around my symptoms but I still couldn’t understand my body. I too most likely have CPTSD as I’ve amennorhea. To be honest I go with it, I have about two weeks max a month where I feel normal so I arrange my life accordingly. I am not a diagnosis and neither am I undiagnosis; I am me

  3. So so true! Thank you for sharing. Ad human beings we seem to like labelling people, but we are so much more than our labels. Much love being sent from one survivor to another! You are a warrior!

  4. Love this ❤️ I hate having a label! I’ve finally got the right one but still I don’t like it! So many characteristics get put down to the diagnosis when actually no that’s just me!

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