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afraid of diagnosis?

I am scared to death I will be told I"m bipolar, or (again) that I have "frequent and intense psychotic episodes" when I one time hallucinated. I feel my life was ruined by that and I am terrified to tell the truth when I go to therapy because I have some dark thoughts. I'm afraid I will be locked away. They are not constant, and are not acted upon. I have an appointment with a new therapist coming up in 2 months. I'm so afraid of crying in front of her, telling the entire truth, and being labeled.
Category: Therapy 7 years ago
nervousnelly103
Asked 7 years ago

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Okay, I'll share a story with you that I've never told anyone before. A long time ago I thought I was losing my mind. I had no idea what was wrong with me or why I seemed to be different. I didn't want to tell anyone what I was going through, because I thought that would mean I wasn't a good enough human being. The term social anxiety disorder hadn't even been coined yet. All I had was a basic idea of what anxiety was, and stress, and depression, and I felt disconnected from the world. I took it upon myself to go to a psychologist on my own. The first thing she did was have me take some tests. Eventually, I had to get my parents involved because of our family insurance. Obviously, I was pretty young. Then something very strange happened, the insurance company made a mistake and accidentally sent the results of the test to our house instead of to the psychologist. When I opened it up I was shocked. The test results were calling me borderline schizophrenic. Can you imagine how I felt? Of course, now I know that psychologists have to actually look at test results and compare them with their interviews with you and other factors before they can even begin to make a firm diagnoses. I am not schizophrenic. What's more, with my family's insurance being somewhat limited, the psychologist's ultimate recommendation was basically that I pull myself up by my own bootstraps and just force myself to be involved with the world and other people, which I proceeded to do the best I could. Now all these years later I find out that they know a lot more about social anxiety than they did then, and I'm actually glad to have a more accurate diagnosis. I'm glad to have a more accurate label and to be able to find other people like me to relate to. You might not get everything you want from this new therapist, you might have to go to an even different therapist later, I don't know, I hope not; but don't be afraid to let these people who want to help, who have been trained to help, try to do what they can for you. And please don't give up.
TerrenceMcNulty
Answered 7 years ago
TerrenceMcNulty

Don't be afraid of opening up and crying to, I've broken down in front of my therapist, and thought I would get locked away for doing it, but I'm glad I did now. Every other visit after that I couldn't wait to see her and get things off said. Remember there is probably nothing you can say that they haven't heard before.
titchy
Answered 7 years ago
titchy

My biggest fear in the world is that I'll tell a therapist what happens inside my mind and then they'll lock me up in an insane asylum. I constantly have reoccurring dreams that I'm in a mental institution. I try really hard not to tell the truth about how I feel because I'm terrified of what the "professionals" might diagnose me with. I don't really have any good advice to give you, but hopefully it'll comfort you a little to know you're not alone
Val_Idiot_Killjoy
Answered 7 years ago
Val_Idiot_Killjoy

they dont lock people up anymore in psiquiatry. therapists even less. that is old school stuff. i maybe wrong for living in other country, but i know they stoped that. they only do this with people incapable of simplest stuff, like talkng eating, or cleaning themselves. people aware of they bad thougths are much much healthier, than some "normal" people that dont even consider going to a therapist. i have more than 20 years with psicologists, therapists, and psiquiatrists. from the best to worst. i only hear about people being locked up when the family want to pay to get rid of a problem for a while.
Sidnei
Answered 7 years ago
Sidnei

This is a fear among most of use with anxiety.. A wise family doctor, good friend and also an anxiety suffer once told me something that eased my mind forever about this subject.. Do u know your a little crazy? Or you feel crazy? If soo then you not bonkers at all in fact you think with an active brain.. Those that are crazy and do unspeakable thing believe their just FINE nothing wrong with them.. I to felt the way you do!! I had a panic attack soo bad one time that I went to the E.R.. Their they made it worse by asking if I wanted to harm myself or others ( I worrie about dying or something yapping to my family soo this questions drives my anxiety up through the roof) I explained to them in not such a kind way now then felt like I was going to be put in a Lonny bin in a straight jacket with padded walls.. It really was a bad ordeal.. Didn't end up their though and left with a better understanding of anxiety.. NEVER be fearful of doctors who can help.... :)
peach50140
Answered 7 years ago
peach50140

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