Can’t It Be “Just Because”??!?!?

I am SO on the same page. Stigma strikes again! Maybe the guy has a violent streak–does that mean he is mentally ill? Are character flaws classified as mental illness in the DSMV? I’ll have to look. But I doubt it. Some people are just jerks, but I don’t think you’ll find “jerk” in the DSM. Thanks for bringing up this REALLY IMPORTANT point!!!

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  1. Hi…
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    • Thanks, Tina, for your support, and your kindness in nominating me for the award. I actually don’t do awards, as I find them very stressful. It’s taken me a long time to be able to verbalize this, as I feel like I’m insulting people by not accepting the award; but I’ve come to terms with the fact that I hope people will find it more of an honor that I be honest with them, rather than just not doing it. Hope you’re not offended!

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with you and the original poster. The stigma of mental illness is running ramped these days. There are so many false assumptions out there and most people don’t seem to even want to know what the truth is or understand various mental illnesses. As a (retired) psychotherapist and someone who has long-standing major depression (I guess you could call it dysthymia if you wanted) it truly angers me to no end! I would even bet that a good percentage of folks that throw out the mental illness card inappropriately could possibly have mental health issues themselves but don’t understand it enough to know. Okay, off my soapbox. Peace to your heart

    • PLEASE stay on your soapbox! The world needs to hear your message. You have experience from both sides of the…um, you know, both sides. We need your voice! Love you–!

      • Thank you, Laura. I don’t have much of an outlet for staying on my soapbox….I mean, a venue to speak. If you know of any good ones please let me know. I lead such a simple life now and am disconnected from the connections of my past professional life. I guess I could Google, but a personal reference is so much better.

        • Um, I have to plead guilty in the same case. I have lots to say, nowhere to say it, and that’s just me. I’m a recluse. I used to do these cool events in children’s schools, but until I get some “oomph” going I guess I’ll just stay in my cliff barn and listen to the river and the birds.

          • One thing I decided to do was create a board on my Pinterest called “Another Side of Mental Illness”. It’s not a lot, but it is something. I have quite a good number of people following me there, so what I pin there will be seen. It’s a start.


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