Beth Demme Blog

In Episode 85, Steph and I talk about some of the things we’ve been diagnosed (or misdiagnosed) with and what that feels like. For Steph, a diagnosis of PTSD felt like a relief because she understood what she was dealing with and she knew that her psychologist understood, too. For me, knowing what type of cancer I had was instrumental in getting the right treatment, but when I was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder I knew the label didn’t fit. In general, no one likes to be labeled, but it turns out that the right label can actually be helpful. Knowing what you’re dealing with can make it seem manageable—including when you’re dealing with a friend, co-worker, or family member who has a particular diagnosis whether it’s Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, or even Diabetes. Sometimes it’s good to ask, “What’s Wrong With Me?”

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  1. Have you ever been given a diagnosis that changed your outlook on life?
  2. Have you, or someone close to you, experienced a misdiagnosis? What was that experience like?
  3. Have you ever connected with a person or group of people over a common label?
  4. Can you think of a time when knowing someone’s label(s) helped you better interact with that person?