Does it matter what your exact diagnosis is?

  1. It's important to me because I do a lot of research into my condition(s). I like to know what the science says and what options are available to me, what's evidence-supported and what's not, etc. I find it empowering to have the information for myself. In order to do that, though, I need to know what I've got going on. If I don't know my exact diagnosis, I'm leaving it entirely in the hands of my psychiatrist/therapist. They're a huge part of my treatment, but I'm an even bigger one.

  2. I agree. Knowledge is power, and a lot of new technology/new treatments have come out to help those with bipolar. Technology has come so far that you can even test your blood to see what medication would work best with your body. At the end of the day we are the ones that are going to make the decision on how we want to treat our bipolar.

  3. I was somewhat concerned about my diagnosis. I had previously (as a teen) been diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder and told that I did not need medication. When I was older, my diagnosis was changed to bipolar and I was told I needed lifelong medications.

  4. I've been to many doctors and all have said that I have something different. They all agreed that I had some sort of mood disorder and eventually settled on 100% bipolar with other unknown illnesses (PTSD, Social Anxiety, etc). Kinda got tired of being told what I had and began to focus more of fixing my symptoms and getting better.

  5. Yes, it matters to me because I need to know exactly wtf is going on in my brain. I was worried for years about my consistent blacking out but it turns out it’s a dissociative disorder from chronic trauma.

  6. My old psychiatrist pinned everything on ‘severe’ bipolar and medicated me to high hell- when he discharged me my new doc took one look at me and told me I had ADHD, which has now been diagnosed but this new doc is trying to get me off all my bipolar meds, and is convinced I don’t have BP at all. I feel kinda stuck in between a rock and a hard place- the ADHD meds have been awesome but I know I have bipolar as well. So yeah, from one doc who would give me any medication I want and now a fight to stay on them….

  7. All mental health diagnosis is ballpark estimation based on symptoms as per the criteria of your country's psychiatric diagnostic manual.

  8. I only give it so much weight. My diagnosis continues to vacillate between MDD and GAD and Bipolar II. However, TMS is not approved for Bipolar II and it helped me immensely, so Im glad to have the wiggle room.

  9. A proper diagnosis is critical. I wasn't properly diagnosed with bipolar 1 until age 39. Prior to that most treatments failed it made things worse. So a proper diagnosis is what usually leads to proper treatment.

  10. It’s important to me, because I want to understand what I have and so I can do adequate research into my diagnoses and make sure they’re being addressed appropriately through medication or if I intend to pursue therapy or self processing for example. I want to be informed on my decisions for my mental health. To me, that’s the only way to be able to accurately address it.

  11. It’s pretty import to know who severe my symptoms might be and that I might need intervention in psychosis. Just taking the meds doesn’t tell me what to potentially look out for

  12. its important to me because if i ever needed to change psychiatrists or see a new doctor, i would like to have it in writing that i have these diagnoses so i don't have to go through the hard process of advocating for myself again.... with that said, i have a problem with my psych not properly documenting my diagnoses. for example, rn i am being treated for OCD but she hasn't put it in my file.

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