If you’ve listened to SelfWork, or read my book Perfectly Hidden Depression, you know that I’ve cautioned about doctors and clinicians over-depending on the DSM-V (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition). In this riveting conversation with the author of Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses and activist Sarah Fay, she tells her story of being labeled with six different diagnoses during three decade  of treatment, all accompanied by prescribed medications with, at times, very difficult side effects, and numerous therapy techniques. Until finally, one psychiatrist told her – after the typical 30 minute initial visit – “I don’t know what you have.” His humility and caution changed her life, and she began looking into exactly what this “DSM” was and how subjective mental health diagnoses can be.

She’s also quick to say that she’s developed a healthy respect for mental health providers, as the field is a complex one to navigate. And as a provider myself, I know that there are many facets to “diagnosing” that have to be considered. And an accurate diagnosis takes more than 30 minutes to determine.

So, in this episode sponsored by BetterHelp, I hope you’ll learn more about how diagnoses are made – and how you can have a conversation with your provider or clinician to make sure that you are truly seen and understood, not “labeled.”

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My book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has been published and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life. And it’s available in paperback, eBook or as an audiobook!

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294 SelfWork: The Alarming Jungle of Mental Illness Misdiagnoses:  A Conversation with Sarah Fay,  Author and Mental Health Activist via @doctormargaret

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