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I've come back from an assessment with a psychiatrist very disappointed. After years of wondering why I am the way I am and feeling very out of place in the world I thought I had found the answer when I stumbled across Schizoid Personality Disorder. I could strongly relate to all the symptoms. So with this self-awareness I went to see my psychiatrist hoping for a diagnosis. She said she could not diagnose me with the condition because whilst i have ALL the symptoms I am not in distress by my personality traits because I said I accept that I'm like this and I don't want to change. She said that in order for a diagnosis of a personality disorder the patient must be distressed by their condition rather than in acceptance of it. I personally feel this is her lack of experience of coming across people in her psychiatry office that have managed to reach a place of acceptance - after all, most people are likely to want to see their psychiatrist because they want help with something where as I was there purely for a diagnosis. I would love to hear over people's thoughts on this scenario.
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