Mental health diagnosis is an inexact science. Diagnosis can vary depending upon the evaluator. If an individual with the same set of symptoms were to be evaluated by 10 different diagnosticians, it’s possible that he or she would receive four or five different diagnoses. It’s very common.
It may be best not to tell your family about your diagnosis, whatever it may be. At the very least, you should try to deemphasize it because of their possible negative reaction.
In my clinical experience, gaining the “correct” diagnosis is less important than acquiring competent mental health treatment. Focus on treatment rather than your diagnosis.
Your mother is concerned about you sharing your family’s psychological history with your psychiatrist. You can and should provide all details about your family history with your psychiatrist. Remember, the information that you share with the psychiatrist is confidential. Neither your mother nor anyone else will be privy to information shared with your treatment provider. Health laws protect your privacy.
Finally, I would recommend that you discuss whether or not to tell your family with your psychiatrist. After collecting a great deal of personal history and assessing your psychosocial situation, he or she can provide specific advice about how to handle your family. Counseling also would be beneficial to you in many other ways. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle