3 thoughts on “Going Public with Your Diagnosis: Some Pros and Cons

  • August 29, 2016 at 5:52 am

    From personal experience I have found this works, with the plusses and minuses you have described.
    For those teetering on the brink I feel its “that” time because you’re probably at the stage of understanding your issue well enough to present it as a cohesive reason for what societal rules consider your odd etc behaviour.
    I have a very sarky view of societies spectrum of the norm as we see more and more of the so called pillars of it, have and are secretly behaving outside the rules they have set, but are more offended than remorseful when caught.
    Having spent 7 years finding and establishing a stable inner core after CEN and PTSD issues has meant smoothing out the tenor of its expression, which helps, and in general my somewhat outré personality may already been lurking there, but is now freed form the entanglement.
    Being authentic has a feel good factor which in truth cannot be described in words. its a holistic BMS wellbeing, which most people find very attractive.
    You won’t need to behave like a vacuous celebrity to gain attention, and unlike those, you are more likely to achieve that consistent feeling of wellbeing…for ..the journey…I’d wish you good luck, but you won’t need that, because you’re already creating your own with your new attitude…

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  • September 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I think the best thing to maximise pros and minimise cons is to share slowly, as people get to know you. I wouldn’t, say, start a new job with my diagnoses written across my forehead. I try to give people a chance to see who I am before they hear the labels, otherwise there is a tendency (at least from some) to prejudge, to assume I am my label and that they should steer clear.

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  • May 21, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Hi.I was diagnosed with schizophrenia three years ago.I originally enjoyed life as a registered midwife until I started to experience paranoid thoughts leading to my resignation.From then I slowly and I mean slowly became more paranoid and psychotic.My diagnosis was devastating to me as I had given up a wonderful career because of it.I am slowly becoming part of society again and for me it has been the slowness of my progress which I have battled with the most.

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