There are two schools of thought when it comes to diagnosis. One holds that diagnosis is fundamental to treatment. Without a diagnosis, it’s difficult to treat the problem. The other school of thought is that diagnosis is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is treating the symptoms. If the symptoms are being treated, then a diagnosis is of little value.
When it comes to diagnosis, it is not an exact science. Studies have shown that patients often receive multiple, sometimes conflicting diagnoses. This is especially true with psychotic disorders. Part of the confusion might be that the symptoms of psychotic disorders often overlap.
In your case, diagnosis might matter less than finding the right treatment. For many psychotic disorders, medication is the main type of treatment. Counseling can be helpful too.
I would recommend finding a therapist and a doctor with whom you feel comfortable. You want to choose providers who are willing to make adjustments to your treatments as needed, based on your feedback. Choose professionals who specialize in psychotic disorders. Not all professionals know how to treat psychotic disorders. It is specialized knowledge and not everyone has it. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle