What are the pros and cons of a mental illness diagnosis?
When I got a diagnosis of clinical depression in 2010, I felt relief. And hope. I wasn’t weak, lazy, or going crazy…I had a diagnosable medical condition that could be treated.
Other people feel overwhelmed with a diagnosis. Or sentenced to a life-long burden. Or scared. Or accepting and determined. Some people don’t want a diagnosis at all.
Maybe you have a loved one dealing with a possible mental or emotional health struggle. Or maybe you’re struggling yourself. Whether you have received a diagnosis of a mental illness, or are in the process of self-diagnosing and figuring out “what’s wrong with me?”, or are just beginning to take your mental health into account, I hope this issue on Diagnoses will help you.
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Cover photo for this issue by Richard Masoner
Letter from the EditorNovember 20, 2013by Becky Castle Miller
My Mental Illness Diagnosis Does Not Change My IdentityNovember 23, 2013by Amy Wood ReisnerIdentity is what we have that is uniquely ours. After my mental illness diagnosis, my identity changed. Or so I thought.
What Is A Mental Disorder Diagnosis, and Do I Need One?November 24, 2013by Kristen KansiewiczWhat is a mental disorder diagnosis? What do mental health professionals use to determine one? Should you know your diagnosis?
How Understanding My ADHD Diagnosis Helped Me Manage My SymptomsNovember 26, 2013by Heather VillaltaI began to finally understand myself and see past the debilitating effects of my ADHD diagnosis to solutions I could manage.