There are many variables to consider in the discussion of the importance of diagnosis, with this being a subject that can divide many people, although for this years World Mental Health Day, here is a young person’s perspective on the subject:

Some of the positives of a diagnosis is that it acknowledges what an individual is going through, and can allow them to understand why they are feeling the way they are, and that they are not alone.

When I got my diagnosis it helped me to know why I had certain feelings towards stuff that the majority of people don’t.

Adding to that, it enables people to research about the diagnosis to further understand it and ways to help people cope.

The diagnosis can also be shared with family, friends, teachers etc if the individual wants to, which will help them to recognise what the they are going through and the difficulties they may have, this can result in other people being more supportive and empathetic.

Furthermore, people can get specific support and therapies from mental health services to help them learn coping strategies.

However, the negatives of a diagnosis is that labels can restrict expectations. People may have a negative preconceived views towards the illness and the label of the person may be seen instead of the individual. All of these can then lead to a negative self view, resulting in the person’s self esteem lowering.