You are NOT your diagnosis
posted: Jul. 19, 2019.
As a doctor, I have a hard time handing these heavy labels to people under the pretenses of “diagnosing.” It’s how the medical system works and is technically part of my job, but I know the damage that is often done by the act of giving someone a diagnosis or a heavy label.
𝗪𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲, 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐟𝐚𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐭𝐨 𝐧𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 (𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐲 𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐲) 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 (𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐠𝐧𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐬) 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲. 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐬.
If you dive deep into mind-body medicine, the power of the mind and even quantum physics, you’ll quickly realize the magnitude of not only a misdiagnosis but even a proper diagnosis. The ownership that occurs in this transaction impacts physiology and imbeds in the psyche.
With all the work you’re doing on your physical body, don’t forget to give time to your mind/spirit/soul. The impact this has on healing is unparalleled.
For anyone who questions this, take a moment to consider why “evidence based medicine” has to control for the placebo effect...a huge conversation for another day.
To every beautiful person doing the work, let it go. It should have never been given to you to own.
This is a huge reason why when you work with me, we do everything in our power to focus on you and allow the diagnosis to fade away - in every way.