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Coping with a Diagnosis of Mental Illness

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.

Author: Megan Rahm

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