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How to Cope With a Mental Health Diagnosis

by on Thursday, March 4th, 2021

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Receiving a mental health diagnosis can leave you feeling a wide range of emotions. You may be feeling a bit relieved that you finally have something definitive to describe the problems you have been struggling with, but you may also be feeling confused, ashamed, angry, upset, or scared. These feelings are perfectly normal to have after receiving a mental health diagnosis. However, knowing how to cope with the diagnosis and what you are feeling will determine your next steps. Here the aftermath of getting a mental health diagnosis will be examined.

This Is Not the End

First and foremost, you need to remind yourself that getting the diagnosis does not mean your journey is over. You are not a lost cause for having a mental health disorder, and there are treatments available to improve your quality of life and overall wellbeing. Instead of rolling over and wallowing in the negative aspects of having a mental health disorder, take action and start taking an active role in your treatment. This action will motivate you to learn more about your diagnosis and treatment options to make more informed decisions about your recovery.

Educate Yourself

Once you have committed yourself to not allowing your diagnosis to define you, you can begin taking proactive steps towards a better understanding of it to help your overall treatment and wellbeing. The first thing you should do in this stage is to educate yourself on your diagnosis. Even if you already have some background information, it is essential to refresh your knowledge and learn about possible treatment options or ways you can cope on your own. Putting in this effort will help you make more informed decisions when you meet with a doctor or mental health professional about treatment. By knowing your options, you can weigh the pros and cons and decide what is best for you and your needs.

Look Into Treatment Options

Make sure you look into the treatment options available to you. While you can look into the specific treatments usually used to treat your diagnosis, it is also essential to keep in mind what is available to you locally. Some of the more modern treatment techniques may only be available in certain cities, meaning they may be a greater distance away. However, this should not discourage you. Work with your insurance to see what is covered in terms of mental healthcare. From there, you can begin searching through the various mental health professionals in your area and find one that suits you and your needs. During this process, it is crucial to recognize that not everyone will be a good fit for you, and that’s okay. If things aren’t working out with one specialist, try out another. Doing this will ensure you are getting the best treatment for you and your overall needs.

This Is Not Your Fault

It is essential to remind yourself that you didn’t cause your mental health disorder throughout this entire process. Those around you may worry if they caused it as well, and you should remind them that it is not their fault, either. Mental health is complex and often has various causes from family history, stressful situations, your environment, other health problems, and even your perception of the world. Often, mental health disorders are not caused by one thing or another but rather have numerous risk factors that can cause development. There is nothing you could’ve done to avoid this outcome, but you can take steps to treat it and move forward in your recovery.

Get Emotional Support

Being diagnosed with a mental health disorder can be overwhelming, especially as you begin researching the diagnosis and potential treatment options. During this time, be sure to reach out to close friends and family to lean on for support. Forming a support circle will help you in the future during treatment, as there will be difficult days ahead. These individuals will be there for you during the recovery process, helping you cope with your mental health disorder.

What If I Don’t Agree With My Diagnosis?

Finally, it is essential to know what to do if you feel your diagnosis was a mistake. Perhaps you feel as if it doesn’t fit what you have been feeling and struggling with. It is important to remember that the way you perceive yourself inside your head is different from how others may perceive you. This could mean you do not match your symptoms with the diagnosis because you view them differently. If you disagree with the diagnosis, talk to your mental health treatment provider. Together you can discuss why you feel it doesn’t fit and address your concerns. There is no shame in asking questions, especially when you think something isn’t right.

Receiving a mental health diagnosis can leave you feeling conflicted. On the one hand, you may feel relieved that you can finally put a name to what you have been struggling with. However, you may also feel ashamed, confused, fearful, angry, or sad concerning your diagnosis. There are many ways to cope with these feelings to help you in your treatment and recovery. To get started on the recovery process, contact Restorations Therapy. We are an outpatient therapy center in Centennial, Colorado that provides a holistic approach to various mental health, substance abuse, and intimacy issues. We strive to restore lives from addictions, intimacy disorders, mental health disorders, and their influence on all aspects of life. Through our progressive therapy techniques, you can begin learning more about your diagnosis and working through it with the help of an expertly trained staff. Call us today to learn more about how Restorations Therapy can help you begin to heal. Reach out anytime at (720) 446-6585.

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