Blog John, Mental Health

Treatment and Stigma.

As Elle is unfortunately still in hospital and I’ve got work on we’re going to reblog some of our favourite old posts from earlier this year. So here we are. Your thoughts and follows are always appreciated.

Mind Palaver

Some people feel as if a diagnosis somehow labels them, diminishes them and leaves them open to prejudice. I couldn’t be further from this position. I think that owning a diagnosis and not skirting around it is ultimately empowering, allowing you to take steps to deal with what needs dealt with.   

I really did enjoy Elle’s last post. She always shows such great insight when tackling a subject matter. Obviously a huge part of dealing with mental health issues is stigma. I’ve been with a mental health condition for twenty two years and have only decided to talk openly about it since last July. Deep down I can’t help but admit this has to be related to concerns over how people would perceive me. The happy truth is people in general have been really positive. Several have told me how they had no idea how these things have impacted on…

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2 thoughts on “Treatment and Stigma.”

  1. Have just read your last blog Ellie because I haven’t been around. I have always wondered if diagnosis are helpful or unhelpful and have had experience with others in both. I am glad to read that you find it empowering because feeling of empowerment are often in short supply. Both your blogs keeps me thinking of stuff that I haven’t paid enough attention to in the past. I thank you and wish you both well

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    1. Thank you Grace. In my case diagnosis was both helpful and unhelpful. I was initially misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and therefore treated for that condition which did me no good at all. Once I got the correct diagnosis it set me on the path to becoming well. (John)

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