I was kind of sceptical when I started reading this article because I don’t think the process of diagnosis is the problem. (Getting people with depression to seek help is a different issue. I speak from personal experience there.)

What really needs to be addressed is finding a better way to determine the right treatment for each person. Because everyone is different, their bodies and brains react differently to different medications, but the problem right now is that we don’t know how each individual person is going to react to each medication.

Some people go for years and years of different medications and treatments seeing very little result, some of which may cause poor physical reactions which, again, can be different for each person. If we could eliminate the terrible process of trying to find the right treatment, it would make a lot of lives easier.

But then I realized, having a physical way of diagnosing depression could lead to finding ways of determining the best course of treatment for each individual. So, maybe this is a step in the right direction.

I came across this post on The Mighty and I couldn’t help but feel a bit of similarity between my experiences and the author’s. Although she has a condition with more obvious physical symptoms than mental disorders usually do, I still found myself relating to parts of her experience. For example, being told “it’s all in your head” and feeling like you’re never going to get a proper answer. So, I thought it was worth sharing here.

This woman’s story can ring true for a lot of illnesses, including mental illnesses, and I certainly don’t want to sound like I’m diminishing either of them. I can really only speak from my own experiences, so if you’re reading this, I recommend you read Stefani Shea’s post on The Mighty as well. Here’s the link again, in case you skipped past it the first time: http://themighty.com/2016/01/why-the-fight-for-a-diagnosis-matters

Here’s some of my experience that I was reminded of while reading that article.Continue reading