posted on Jun, 4 2011 @ 06:52 PM
My background is, a fair amount of education in the mental health field, ex support worker, part trained counsellor, along with problems that on
occasion become unbearable. I have also been involved in assessments/diagnosis and treatment of partner and other family members.
You can not be diagnosed with any problem, without a decent assesment conducted by a professionally trained doctor. A previous poster was 100%
correct in stating that unless your symptoms cause you distress and affect your functioning in day to day to life, you wouldn't be diagnosed as
Many mental health problems can be medicated, but for a large percentage of people the medication does not help. From my own experience, some meds
can infact aggrevate symptoms, or cause new problems. 2 years ago, I was put on a med, that made me physically ill for the first two weeks, then
caused me to develop agriphobia.(?) I came off those meds within 6 weeks of starting, but still have symptoms that I have never suffered previously.
So please be aware that medication can sometimes make things worse.
A diagnosis seemed important to me, as it meant I could research my problems to find methods of coping, I also felt that perhaps my family would be
more supportive if they knew I had an illness, rather than being useless. 5 years later, I am still struggling to accept the opinions of the mental
health team, I know they are right, but by god it feels like a death sentence to me. Its a very painful process emotionally.
I would advise you to seek help, if you find you really can not cope, if you experience emotions like despair, or if you find yourself becoming
violent, either to yourself or others.
For the time being, if all things are equal, perhaps seeking support on line could be helpful to you? There are various websites with very supportive
forums, although personally I find them useful when really struggling, but if I spent too much time on them seeking support, I start to drown in
mental health issues and stop focusing on real life.
I too enjoy my own company, If I spend time with friends, I have to ensure I have planned a couple of days immediately afterwards, to give me time to
recover and find myself again. I seem to be allergic to company :-).
Please feel free to pm me if you feel I can help you more. Take care x