By Nancy Virden (c)2023
Someone recently said that mental health professionals “just slap labels” on people. Stigmas such as the one this person believed are why so many who need help do not reach out for it.
A mental health diagnosis is for the purpose of selecting the best treatment plan, not as a label. I may have a diagnosis, but I am not that diagnosis. Similarly, if someone has the flu, they do not suddenly become the flu!
If you have the flu you want to get the medicine that will help you feel better and return you to your normal functioning. If you experience the symptoms of bipolar disorder or depression, the same would be true.
It is so simple to remember: no one is “just” anything. Mental health professionals know this better than anyone,. Every day they meet with people at various levels of mental health. The CEO and the dishwasher are the same at their core- human, with hopes and dreams. The artist and the scientist love their families and want to be healthy. Christians and Muslims seek mental health care to become their best selves.
People are generally afraid of what they do not understand. Stigmas come out of attempts to make unknowns understood. Instead of fearing a diagnosis or someone with one, how about learning from knowledgeable people what mental health and disorder are all about?
Today’s Helpful Word
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
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