Well I have a handful of “disorders” too. What should be noted is that a red flag appears when a patient is dx’d with like five things; it means the doctors aren’t really sure on what is going on and are shooting your case five times instead of one clean headshot.
But it is also possible that you actually have all five. I show symptoms of several, or at least have in the past. I am officially stamped with what is most accurately called chronic paranoid schizophrenia with acute exacerbation and comorbid Asperger’s syndrome.
More like highly systematic and creative. A soon to be doctoral student, just interviewed for two programs and went well. Don’t let your illness define you. Write your own story. You’re not a bunch of disorders, you’re a human being who suffers more intensely than most other human beings. I argue that you are more human as opposed to less human because of your mental illness.
Hope this helps give you a picture of what is going on. And it’s perfect that you are compliant with treatment and the authority of the doctors. It took me over a year to comply and now I am looking to become a clinical psychologist. You’re doing better in that realm that I did. I never really qualified for disability, more like I became agitated and quite energetic. I was practically disabled when it first hit me, with me being mis dx’d with major depression and put on Prozac. That and the pot made me very impaired relative to my previous and current performance. You should take care of yourself and put recovery first every hour of every day. I would know, I have been through that. I’m still in recovery, it is a lifelong process. You just reach milestones such as “fully functional” and then there are more like “quit being single”.
But the milestones are only relevant if you choose to take the certain path and then the certain forks in the road.
You’re a person first and disorders after the fact that you exist. You should think of yourself as an inidivudual with mental illness and not ashamed of it. Don’t let mental illness come before your name. Maybe if you get a PhD or MD you should consider a label coming before your name.