So Your Doctor Changed Your Diagnosis. Now What?

Practitioners understand that for some, a diagnosis may change. Early onset of symptoms and how they change throughout one’s lifetime may warrant a change in diagnosis.

So, what do you need to understand if practitioner’s change your diagnosis? These are three things you should know if your diagnosis is changed.

First, treatment modalities for each mental illness is different. To some degree, it matters what your diagnosis is, so practitioners can offer appropriate treatment. In this regard, diagnosis does matter to some degree.

Secondly, you are not your diagnosis. While we moved away from verbiage that describes people as their mental illness, it’s important to note you are more than your diagnosis. While a diagnosis is important in the treatment of a mental illness, you are also the unique attributes of your personality and values that make you the unique and wonderful person you are. It’s easy to get caught up in what the diagnosis means for you or that you are your diagnosis, but the most important thing you are is the person you are to the people in your life. Don’t forget that.

Thirdly, what should you do if diagnosis change alters your life in some way? It’s easy to be turned upside down by a change in diagnosis. You might feel in some way that the alteration in mental illness diagnosis may make you feel down about yourself. The only real constant in life is change. And, while a change in diagnosis may be surprising, it may lead you down a direction that may lead to happy changes and better treatment. Don’t let the change in diagnosis turn you upside down.

A change in diagnosis may be a surprising turn of events in your life. Significant change in diagnosis may bring about a wide variety of feelings, but it’s important that the appropriate treatment modality is utilized for the right illness. However, as said above, the most important thing to note is you are not your diagnosis. Maybe when you were first diagnosed, it was a significant life event and any changes to that diagnosis marks another significant life event but take it in stride. You are not your diagnosis and your quality of life can only be improved by the appropriate diagnosis. Practitioners understand that living with a mental illness is a challenging endeavor, but not an impossible one. These are the three things you should know if your diagnosis is changed.

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