Before we get into working out what you’re struggling with I need to be super honest with you…
I purposely run a no-label service because I think we can get caught up in the need to fit ourselves into a box and this then misses some two REALLY important things:
Over the past few years I have noticed that parts 2 & 3 are missed – frequently…
This is seriously problematic.
If for example you do a mental health screening test (& you can do ours here: https://www.woodlandpsychologicalservices.com/mentalhealthtest.html ) you’ll get an idea of what symptoms you’re struggling with, but not what is the most dominant, why you ended up where you are and what you started to struggle with first.
This is so unbelievably important.
Understanding your trigger events and what you started to struggle with first is the beginning of any successful treatment.
Say for example, you uncover you are struggling with both depression & anxiety (extremely common) and your anxiety symptoms are more pronounced, you could think that this is the primary mental illness.
But, it’s not until you and your therapist/psychologist/psychiatrist does a thorough assessment do you realise that the anxiety has only surfaced in the last 3-6 months and you’ve actually been struggling with depression for 5 or 6 years.
On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a bad thing but when it comes to treatment, this can be a DISASTER!!
It’s like going into A&E being diagnosed for a broken bone in your leg but what’s really happened is your muscles are no longer attached… (not sure if this is technically possible, but hopefully you get the idea).
They’re two different issues and need two different types of support.
You see, when someone starts to struggle with depression or anxiety and they don’t receive the treatment they need they end up collecting the other one…
Then as time goes by, things deteriorate even more and further symptoms/difficulties occur.
But, treating a secondary mental illness leaves the primary one untouched.
& this pretty much guarantees someone will relapse…
So yes, you absolutely can try and work out what mental health disorder you have, but it’s really only the original one that matters.
So by all means, take tests (& ours is pretty good: https://www.woodlandpsychologicalservices.com/mentalhealthtest.html )
But, you also need to think about what is going on behind the label.
Also, if you’re anything like 99% of the population, you’ll check through symptoms and self-identify with everything!
In fact, while I was doing the clinical portion of my masters I pretty much diagnosed myself with every mental illness (& so did everyone else) …
Just remember, when we go looking for something it usually shows up.
The other thing to know is that your diagnosis depends on who is doing the diagnosing…
Psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, therapists… all have very different backgrounds and a very different understanding of mental illness.
I know that you’re probably not getting everything you wanted from this post & I truly am sorry for that, but I think it’s important at least one person is honest with you about why it’s really hard to pinpoint what’s going on.
Diagnosing mental illness relies heavily on individual bias of the person doing the diagnosing.
Unlike physical illnesses actual clinical tests are not routinely carried out. Instead simplified screenings and a 5-10-minute conversation usually dictates the disorder you have…
So yes, feel free to take our mental health screening, which unlike the ones on Facebook is based on real diagnostic criteria, but just know it only tells a small portion of the story.
Also, in my honest opinion due to the advances in neuropsychology and other brain research the label doesn’t really matter because there are some really simple things which make a massive difference to mental wellbeing, regardless of the disorder…
Use the button below if you really are determined to take our mental health test:
Have a great rest of your day & catch you soon.
x Katie x