For the afflicted--Understanding that you have a mental illness that will probably have a cure is a harrowing thought, and really too overwhelming to conceptualize. So dwelling on it will really do no good. Being diagnosed is NOT a bad thing, in fact it's good. It's a key to knowing the correct medications and methods to getting back to yourself. Figuring out the correct medication is not easy and frankly it sucks. In my personal experience, I filtered through 9 drugs and 4 or 5 combinations, throughout a year. It was hell. But I testify, that figuring out the correct combo was all worth it. Hear other voices and join the forums on NAMI For family, friends, partners, or others, dealing with the illness is Living