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Being More Than Your Diagnosis

by 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. 

Defining a Diagnosis

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. 

How to Be More Than Your Diagnosis

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:

  1. Remember, there is no right or wrong: Every single human being is different. The differences between each person make everyone unique, and there is no right or wrong way to live. Trying to fit into a “normal” box will have you constantly stressing about who you are as you try to fit in.  Accepting your flaws and living to the best of your ability will give you the happiest life possible.
  2. Do the things you love: An excellent way to live beyond the label is to partake in hobbies or activities that you thoroughly enjoy. Whether it be dancing, painting, exercising, or reading, doing the things you love to do can help you remember that you are more than a label.
  3. You are not alone: No matter the stigma that comes with a diagnosis, there will always be others who understand what you are going through. You are never alone, and reaching out for help when you need it can help you through the recovery process. 

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.

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