Being Well Podcast: How to Use Your Diagnosis (Without It Using You)
August 22, 2022

Receiving a diagnosis can be emotionally challenging, and leave a person with a lot of understandable questions: What does this mean? What do I do now? How do I relate to this?


On this episode of Being Well, Dr. Rick and Forrest Hanson explore what a diagnosis is, how the diagnostic process works, the limitations of diagnosing someone, dealing with the emotions that come up, and how we can better think about and relate to receiving a diagnosis. Throughout the conversation they focus on how we can come to understand ourselves better, and be liberated by that understanding rather than burdened by it.

As a note, ADHD is used frequently during this conversation as an example, so if you have an ADHD diagnosis this episode could be particularly interesting.


Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 2:55: What is a diagnosis, and what is the process used to give a diagnosis?
  • 6:50: What is the purpose of diagnosing someone?
  • 8:50: Situating what defines pathology within our evolutionary and cultural context
  • 11:40: Origins of mental health conditions, social environment, and privilege
  • 14:40: How diagnosis is done, and differentiating between different diagnoses
  • 25:05: More discussion on environmental and cultural effects
  • 31:10: Three subtypes of ADHD
  • 33:00: The emotional complexity of receiving a diagnosis
  • 42:30: What helps people in working through the emotions that come up?
  • 46:35: Paying attention to your emotional experience as much as solving your problem.
  • 49:35: Mental health awareness, resources, and support from others
  • 51:00: Rick’s response when someone is given a diagnosis
  • 58:50: Recap

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