Coping with a Diagnosis of Mental Illness

August 31, 2017 Megan Rahm

Coping with a diagnosis of mental illness can be scary. I felt fear and eventually relief when I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Here's how I cope.

Coping with a diagnosis of a mental illness can be scary, but if you’ve made it to this point, it means you’ve reached out for help. That’s a great first step. You’re on your way to receiving treatment and most likely feeling better. It's important to cope with mental illness, and it's important to cope with the diagnosis of mental illness--accepting the illness--too.

I first sought out help for bulimia but did not realize I was also experiencing psychosis and mood symptoms. I was later diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.

Coping with a Mental Illness Diagnosis

In this video, I discuss how feelings of fear and relief surrounded my mental illness diagnoses. Self-stigma also played a role. I encourage seeking information and support.

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Rahm, M. (2017, August 31). Coping with a Diagnosis of Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 20 from

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Dr Musli Ferati
May, 11 2019 at 12:10 am

Facing with diagnosis of any mental illness exhibits tremendous traumatic experience. If this is related to personal mental diagnosis the issue might be surplus and stressful insult. In addition, when it is known that mental illnesses are overloaded with hard and frightening soot of prejudice and social stigma. This critical moment render more difficult the current psychiatric treatment of mental disorders. So, it is of great help your innate experience on how to coping with diagnosis of mental illness. Instead of common refusal of diagnosis to mental illness it should seek and take more professional information for concrete diagnosis, in order to receive comprehensive psychiatric treatment, Each procrastination of appropriate psychiatric help to any mental disorder worsening the satisfying psychiatric treatment and management of whoever diagnosis of mental illnesses. Like others somatic illnesses, mental ones might and should medicated by current psychiatric protocols. It ought to choose and receive, as soon as possible adequate and complete psychiatric treatment for any diagnosis of mental illnesses, without any primitive self-restrain and hesitation, as well. .

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