How to Adjust to Your New Mental Illness Diagnosis

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How to Adjust to Your New Mental Illness Diagnosis

A new diagnosis of mental illness typically brings with it a storm of thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It can be difficult to adjust to life with a diagnosed mental illness. Thinking of yourself and your diagnosis in terms of relationships can help you center yourself and create ways to move forward and thrive.

Our lives are largely about relationships. We have many different types of them, including relationships with

  • Our self
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Romantic partners
  • Our actions, thoughts, and feelings
  • Our life goals

When we conceptualize our life as a system of relationships, it becomes easier to adjust to a mental illness diagnosis. What relationship is most important to you right now? Is it yourself and figuring out self-care? Is it a relationship with someone else and determining how you can support each other? What about life goals and wondering how this diagnosis will impact your long-term plans? You have relationships with all of these things and more, and thinking about how you will nurture each one will help you live well.

The time after a mental illness diagnosis is a period of redefining who you are and what is important to you. What are your relationships, and how do you want to nurture them?

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: What helped you adjust to a mental illness diagnosis? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, knowledge, and experiences on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


From HealthyPlace YouTube Channel

How Bipolar Disorder Changed Me

When I received a diagnosis of bipolar 2 disorder, it changed my life. I finally had an answer to the all my questions related to the intense emotional and mental pain I had been experiencing. It is similar to being physically ill, constantly going back and forth to the doctor, but receiving no answer for why you feel this way. You feel stuck and unable to move forward.


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Getting Things Done with Depression: Finding Brain Space
  2. Don't Compare Yourself to Others in PTSD Recovery
  3. When Your Friend Doubts Your Diagnosis of Bipolar 2

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Quote

"I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare." - Ned Vizzini.

Read more depression quotes.


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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, April 24). How to Adjust to Your New Mental Illness Diagnosis, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 24 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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