by Restorations Therapy Center Staff on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
Receiving a mental health diagnosis relieves many people because they finally have a name to describe their symptoms. However, it can feel suffocating to now have this label, especially considering the stigma surrounding it. Realizing that you are more than your diagnosis is crucial for a successful recovery, as being able to separate yourself from it can help self-esteem and stability. Understanding what a diagnosis means and learning how to live your life detached from it will help you on the road to healing.
Examining a diagnosis through its literal meaning can help you live outside of the label. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a diagnosis is “the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs or symptoms.” The word is used in medical settings to help doctors examine and evaluate your symptoms to give you the best treatment for a successful recovery.
This definition means that the diagnosis is more of a way for both doctors and yourself to better understand what you are facing and the best way to heal. Being diagnosed with something does not mean you are only that thing. It just means that it is a part of you that can be treated to give you a better life.
Knowing what a diagnosis is can help you detach yourself from the word, but it doesn’t mean you’re fully able to be more than the label. Luckily, you can do things to help this process as you settle into the present moment. Consider these tips when you feel overwhelmed by the meaning of your diagnosis:
Receiving a mental health diagnosis can cause significant mixed emotions. You may be feeling relieved, calm, angry, overwhelmed, upset, or even confused. Many individuals worry that a diagnosis will label them forever, and they will never be anything more than the diagnosis. However, this is untrue, and learning how to live beyond a mental health diagnosis can aid in the treatment process by boosting self-esteem and creating stability. If you need help navigating this process, call Restorations Therapy today. We provide various services, including therapy, intensives, and individualized programs tailored to your needs. Call us today at (720) 446-6585.