It's Not A Real Issue, Is It?

A couple of weeks ago I had a session with a psychiatrist for a 'proper' diagnose (again, because they didn't like what the French psychiatrists had written). The funny thing was that they didn't give me any tests to do (as far as I remember anyway). It lasted only 90 minutes, so I guess it was a quicky.

I got a call a few days later and was invited to discuss treatment.

During that discussion I was told that I'm suffering from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). That's what they said in France too, but there it doesn't exist officially. The other things the 'counselor' told me was that the other mental illnesses mentioned in the French reports could be considered part of the DID, but they weren't sure at this stage, the other problems could exist along DID.

So I asked what they were sure about and the answer was that they were certain I'm clinically insane.

The discussion headed towards treatment. They could only propose a certain department that's specialized in DID. I'll hear more about that soon. In the mean time I'm allowed to go as I please. I'm not considered a danger to myself or others. Pfew, now that's a relief!

Perturbee Perturbee
46-50, F
4 Responses Mar 1, 2010

It's been stated countless times, they suck at trying to help someone, if they even try at all?

Thank you, Kurtzemiete!<br />
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The labels in the DSM (and EC likewise) are a meagre attempt to categorize something that is actually impossible to categorize in the field of psychology. Minds are unique, there are no two the same. Yet when we're dealing with mental health issues, we're often treated as sheep at first. Once you're into (personal, not group) therapy, it gets tailored to the individual.<br />
The label insane is just an indication of 'not sane' or 'not healthy'. That's the only certainty. Unfortunately the true meaning is so stigmatized by society that insanity is associated with people who are generally locked up in closed wards, but this would also apply to someone with a 'burn-out'.<br />
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Mental health issues can be categorized in three:<br />
- Psychiatry<br />
- Psychology<br />
- Psychophysiology<br />
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The first two are the most obvious ones, psychiatry deals with 'physical' defects in the brain, often going into failures of groups of receptors. Most solutions offered in psychiatry are medication combined with a light form of psychology. Psychology deals with trauma (non-physical in the sense that there is nothing wrong with the physical workings of the brain), disturbances and other experiences, provided that there is no physical clue as to why these things are experienced.<br />
The third one, however, is a field that combines the two. There are physical clues that something is going wrong, they can prove that, but often they don't have a chemical 'correction', thus incorporate psychology to find a way to make the 'discomfort' bearable/liveable.<br />
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The problem with a diagnose is that people want to know what is wrong, they step into a doctors office and ask 'What is wrong with me?' The answer that they are 'mentally ill' isn't sufficient, so the (first) diagnose, no matter how vague, needs to be made. When further investigations have taken place, the patient will be referred to one of the three categories I mentioned before. <br />
A diagnose for a psychiatric patient is often relatively straight-forward, can be assisted with medication and supported with psychology.<br />
The other two fields are vague, symptoms often overlap in the various diagnoses. <br />
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There is also another problem, thanks to the media, people expect to cure problems with a 'pill'. More often than not the effect of a placebo works fine in certain cases. The opposite is also true, a negative diagnosis can have a nocebo effect.<br />
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I know the above <b>needs</b> more nuance, but since I'm not writing a thesis on the issue of diagnosing mental health, I better stop here before this really turns into another long post.<br />
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Perturbee

the clinicians are mostly all insane i think and it's us the clients who are sane IMHO :)<br />
ok maybe 1% are sane :)))<br />
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They go by a very stupid (imo) and rigid book called 'Diagnostic and Statistical Manual' (full of c**p).anyways, there is a golden book written by a doctor(! yes i know :) who does a fabulous job of explaining why being diagnosed so blindly does a great HUGE disservice to patients yet is so handy dandy to the doctors who diagnose (essentially time saving and $$$ making). The book is called 'A Dose of Sanity' MInd, medicine and misdiagnosis by Sydney Walker III M.D.<br />
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PS who gives them the right to flippantly slap labels on us!!???~not GOD?! Only God can label us and as far as i know we are all made in God's image and are God's children!<br />
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Hugs, K.

Until a few days ago I refused to believe that I'm indeed 'insane', I still kept on thinking that "nothing is wrong" with me somehow. So now it slowly starts to sink in and I let go. I think I've reached the stage where it doesn't matter any more what label they stick on. I don't know what 'normal' is and the rest of the world seems crazy too. <br />
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Yes, I know, I do have *real* problems in my head, but they say that crazy people can't see that they're crazy. I think that's partially true. Sometimes I get a glimpse of my really crazy stuff.... I just don't want to know. <br />
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I mean I could deal with having DID, I understand that. But being 'insane'? WTF? (Uh-oh, craziness showing through, I think I better head for something completely different.)