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Does your diagnosis define you?

Getting a diagnosis can bring up many different emotions.

  • Some people want a diagnosis.

  • Some people are confused by their diagnosis.

  • Some people are happy with their diagnosis.

  • Some people are angry with their diagnosis.

There is no right or wrong way to manage your diagnosis it is an individual experience.

A diagnosis can sometimes feel helpful it can clarify for you

"I am not crazy"
"I am not mad"
"I am not a pyscho"

A diagnosis can also keep you stuck

"I do this because I am depressed"
"I think like this because I have anxiety"
"My relationships are chaotic because I am BPD/EUPD"

It doesn't need too.

Exploring, talking, unpacking and processing your experiences can help you normalise the way you are feeling.

It can help you to understand your thoughts and identify where they have come from.

It can help you to identify your triggers.

It can help you understand that your responses are normal.

It can provide you with techniques to manage your normal responses to abnormal experiences.

It can help you realise that your experiences were tough times and how you were feeling was validated.

Your diagnosis does not need to define you.

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