Newly Diagnosed with a Mental Illness? Take These Steps

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Being newly diagnosed with a mental illness can feel overwhelming, but there are steps you can take to deal with it. Find out more on HealthyPlace.

Newly Diagnosed with a Mental Illness? Take These Steps

Receiving a new diagnosis of a mental illness or personality disorder can bring a whorl of overwhelming thoughts and emotions. You might be relieved to finally have a name and explanation for what you’ve been experiencing. With that can come fear, confusion, and a laundry list of worries.

As difficult as things probably are right now, there are steps you can take to deal with your new mental illness diagnosis.  

Steps to When You’re Newly Diagnosed with a Mental Illness

Taking action in general is one of the best things you can do to regain a sense of normalcy. Specific steps can include:

  • Listening carefully to the doctor who diagnosed you for information about your illness. Take notes, record the conversations, or have a friend or family member accompany you to appointments.
  • Finding a therapist. Doctors address symptoms and prescribe medications. Therapists work with you to process problems and create solutions.
  • See a family therapist to help everyone successfully adjust and learn how to support each other.
  • Research information. Read online articles and books for information.
  • Complete workbooks and journals to help you sort things out.
  • Be patient with yourself as you learn how to create a quality life with mental illness.

Being newly diagnosed with a mental illness can be frightening, but you can take steps to move forward positively.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If you live with mental illness or a personality disorder, what was it like for you when you first were diagnosed? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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.


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

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

  1. Three Tips For Getting Out of Bed When You Feel Depressed
  2. Coaxing Optimum Mental Illness Support from Your Friends
  3. How My Binge Eating Disorder Turned Into Anorexia

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

"Depression is like being homesick, but not knowing where home is."

Read more depression quotes.


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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2019, May 6). Newly Diagnosed with a Mental Illness? Take These Steps, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: May 7, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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