I don't know if this is the right place to ask this, but I don't have anyone else I can ask?
Essentially I have Bipolar type 2 and have had this confirmed by my Psychiatrist. I have had various incorrect diagnoses and ignoring the problem all together for over 8 years including 2 suicide attempts.
But recently I have been given the opportunity to decide whether or not I actually officially have this diagnosis. I am already on the right medication and am in 1 to 1 therapy (although still got a far while to go before being in 'remission'). So I am unsure if having the diagnosis would be a help or hindrance?
There is one part of me that thinks I have had to fight so hard to get help especially the correct help that I should accept it and that fundamentally I shouldn't have to hide who I am after years and years of trying to hide my struggles. Not to mention how much easier it makes it to explain to those who are close (having only told a few people) to me what is going on.
But on the other side I would really like to go into working in adult mental health and eventually train as a clinical psychologist, and I know that there is still huge bias against mental health conditions in the work industry and my psychiatrist even confirmed its still very much present in the mental health industry. So is it worth having a diagnosis when I already have the correct treatment and it could potentially prevent me from a career I really want and know I would be good at.
So my question is, do you think I should take the diagnosis or leave it as unofficial?