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I have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, cllinical

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I have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, cllinical depression,manic depression, and generalized anxiety disorder with social phobia over the last 30 years. Does the right diagnosis really help? Could AVPD be the answer? If it is more accurate - what could be done?
I'm high functioning, completely exhausted after work, isolated (don't answer calls, cancel plans, don't see anyone in evenings or weekends)
If in social situation, I eat, drink or smoke for comfort. I have intrusive thoughts of situations I didn't handle well, of past failure (social - have a career, home, healthy child) At my wit's end
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. I cannot diagnose you over the internet, but AvPD could be a possibility if these symptoms of feeling inadequate and avoiding social interactions started in young adulthood. But even if your diagnosis did change, your treatment would not change as AvPD cannot be cured, but may be managed through psychotropic medications to lessen the anxiety and depressive symptoms, and through different therapy modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Mindfulness. So a change in diagnosis would not really change the treatment plan unfortunately.