From a point of proper diagnosis, proper treatment can begin. Therefore, a diagnosis isn’t something to fear or avoid. It isn’t a mark or a stain. It is an opportunity. It is a classification. It is an identification.
The medical sciences of psychology and psychiatry are far from sacred and just. Still, I choose to distinguish a diagnosis from a label. A diagnosis offers hope and inspires action. A label seems harsher and static.
I think people are hesitant to accept a mental health diagnosis for a variety of reasons.
I found this article about the value of a proper diagnosis in this Psychology Today 2014 article. You can read it here.