I’ve noticed one particular issue a lot lately. One that stops people from getting the help they need. It’s the fear of being diagnosed with a particular label.
People have told me they’re afraid of the diagnosis. Or they feel like they will lose who they are. I think this is really sad, because most people are already scared or feeling lost as it is. The last thing you need is to add more stress on top of what you are already feeling.
The thing I tell people to keep in mind is this:
Remember that a diagnosis doesn't change who you are. It's just a word. You are still the same person now, that you were pre-diagnosis. The label is simply a categorical designation to give you a starting point in order to figure out treatment options.
You’re still the same person. People are also worried about what others might think of the bright shiny new label. To that there is one thing to keep in mind. It’s your own business, and no one else’s. You do not have to tell anyone that you do not choose to discuss it with.
I’m pro-diagnosis if you’re at a place where you want to take control of your life and begin to make changes. It’s a stepping stone. A starting point. It helps you choose a direction for treatment. Otherwise a diagnosis, is just another word. It categorizes a problem you are dealing with but it doesn’t define you.