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Diagnoses & Identity

I was just diagnosed with another mental illness (Bipolar Disorder) and I have so many mixed feelings. It is helpful because it makes so much sense when I think of past experiences, feelings/etc. over the years, but at the same time I am thinking, “why do I have to have yet another diagnosis?”. “And why are my sisters so normal?” I’m kind of struggling with separating all my diagnoses from myself. Right now, I often feel like my whole life is taken up by work & recovery and while that is better than perhaps not being in recovery, I need to figure out who I am as a person. I am working really hard to try and discover hobbies/interests & maintain my friendships outside of my recovery friends so I have more balance in my life. Anyone feel the same way?


2 Replies to “Diagnoses & Identity”

  1. Sara says:

    I totally get where your coming from. A diagnosis is something you have not all that you are. Sometimes that can be hard to remember. And balance is good! It’s so important to have some fun and remember to not take yourself too seriously (while still making healthy choices). Relearning who you are is a huge part of recovery and it’s a scary and exciting journey to figure out. Self acceptance is key.

  2. Sam B. says:

    I know when I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder it was pretty hard for me to accept and at times I still feel that way. It mostly comes out in frustration. But I’ve definitely learned like Sara was saying to be a person living with a mental illness instead it being my whole identity. So I’m Sam. I like spaghetti and sports and movies and hanging out with my friends and the beach and I have bipolar disorder. The way I look at it is, yes it can suck sometimes and also I’m grateful to know what is wrong because now my doctors know how to treat it. What kind of mixed feelings are you having Elizabeth?


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