I don’t want to speak as if I know what is best for anyone reading this, because I don’t know you personally and I’m not treating you. And even if those criteria were true, we would work collaboratively for a solution. But generally, if you think you need assistance with your mental health, a diagnosis may or may not be helpful to you.
“Sometimes, for more serious and impairing conditions, a diagnosis can be helpful and may lead you toward useful medications so that daily functioning becomes easier. For moderate and less severe cases, what I would recommend is to pay attention to your gut. Find a provider that you trust (which may take time and a few tries), whether that’s a licensed counseling professional, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
I, personally, would say start outside of the medical field with a good therapist if you are mostly able to function day-to-day. And if something doesn’t sit well with you, you can always go to someone else for a different opinion, and consult doctors to see if medications may be of use for you.”
Disclaimer: If you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, please seek local emergency/crisis services immediately, and do not wait to schedule an appointment with a therapist.
At the same time, counseling can reveal to you some painful things that you may not want to face. Make sure you are prepared for that as best as you can be. Remember, a diagnosis only defines you as much as you let it. It doesn’t have to be any more meaningful than acknowledging that you have high blood pressure, for example. If you work to have that attitude about it, the stigma surrounding mental health concerns can be shattered.