YOU DO NOT.....DEFINE WHO I AM! People that live with mental illnesses

Posted by Roxie43 @roxie43, Mar 1, 2012

People that live with mental illnesses are not simply reduced to a diagnostic label found in a text book nor by people who have difficulties looking beyond the surface
Living with a mental illness does not automatically equally incompetence, a low IQ, poor boundaries, laziness, malingering, difficult, dishonest nor unworthy or undeserving of life’s wonderful and fulfilling achievements
It’s important for people living with mental illnesses to realize and be cognizant that the federal government provides funding resources so that states in the U.S. can provide much needed services that will enhance the lives of the people being discused.
Furthermore, if we did not exist, just as if diabetes, the facilities, the funding nor the jobs would exist
For years, I have been exposed to a way of thinking towards those living with mental illness that conflicts with my personal and academically influenced belief system.
For almost 2 decades, I have witnessed how human beings are reduced to pathology instead of individualism.
I am not defined, solely, on genetics nor a label and neither are reader’s.
I am a culmination of: my culture, belief system, experiences, accomplishments and yes some challenges
Interestingly, most of the human population are defined by a host of contributing factors ….not just one!
So, why does it appear that when it comes to mental illnesses some forget, whether intentional or not, that we are somehow incapable of contributing to every aspect of everyday living?
Einstein, former presidents, van gough, super stars and even professionals working in a variety of fields have been known to live with mental illnesses but are they famous for an illness or the contributions they have made to society? Contributions!
Yet, for the common person, it appears that more and more others have been trying to box us into one category and I fully disagree with these impossed categorical limitations = defining who we are!
Please, no matter where you are in life do not allow others to tell you who you are nor what you’re worth.
I, vividly recall when I graduated with an MSW a colleague telling me to my face “you were never meant to be a social worker”. I could not believe what I was hearing let alone feel so demoralized especially since I already had the job title because my colleagues with the same titles only had undergraduate degrees, where doing social work but I, the ill one, with an advanced degree was never meant? ????
I cannot respect people as such. They are a disappointment to human kind.
However, regardless of the sting and the sad reality that employer’s discriminate against us I stand firm!
I am worthy of everything I aspire to do and my illness does not, nor, will it ever define who I am and neither will an insensitive and biased person
We may not always feel great but we have names, careers, goals, relationships, and illnesses but this is representative of the human population.
Let’s not become immune to labels and always remember that no matter what the circumstances if we respect others we should expect the same.
In solidarity against stigma, oppression and discrimination :+)

@china

they made you sick with ignorance so even if they try to tell you who u r ignore it. they r the sick ones

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Thank you! trust they will never hurt me again

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When I return to work on 9/8/2012, after 1 year away, I am defining myself as a fighter that refused to cave in to my illness and got myself back up from the ground to continue striving for a better life… we will all do this at our pace.
Hugs….

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@roxie43

When I return to work on 9/8/2012, after 1 year away, I am defining myself as a fighter that refused to cave in to my illness and got myself back up from the ground to continue striving for a better life… we will all do this at our pace.
Hugs….

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So very proud of you and everything will be okay. So true that we all do do things at our own pace. Rox always remember that your voice has been heard and you have made such a difference to everyone’s lives especially your friends.The road has been a long one and a hard one at times but in the end things are going to change and a new chapter will open for you in your life and you’ll see it was worth waiting for Take care HugsPiglit

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@roxie43

When I return to work on 9/8/2012, after 1 year away, I am defining myself as a fighter that refused to cave in to my illness and got myself back up from the ground to continue striving for a better life… we will all do this at our pace.
Hugs….

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Hi Piglit,
I think my voice is about to get a little louder. People, bullies, evil likes to project their issues onto those that they feel are vulnerable. The worst thing you can do is tell anyone your inner most secrets as was done over 11 years ago and then have that person use it aginst you to hurt you ever since. There is no such thing as confidentiality in the healthcare system and when you submit medical forms everyone has access to them and then they decide to really dig their evil poison into you… I am proud of who I am despite what I have been through because I have stood tall, held my ground and shared my story. The way to heal is to allow genuine people into our lives and Piglit you have been wonderful…
Hugs,
Rox

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@roxie43

When I return to work on 9/8/2012, after 1 year away, I am defining myself as a fighter that refused to cave in to my illness and got myself back up from the ground to continue striving for a better life… we will all do this at our pace.
Hugs….

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Hi Rox stay strong and let the voices get louder tthat’s what makes all the difference.Take care here anytime Piglit

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As a newcomer to this blog, I am just reading this post for the first time. Your description of the human condition in regards to the sufferage of things gone arry with those of us with mental health problems has never been more eloquently put than in this post. As one of the millions of people out here struggling with mental health each and every day…YOU have given me a new perspective in how I view myself and my disease process. Thank you so much.

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@surviving

As a newcomer to this blog, I am just reading this post for the first time. Your description of the human condition in regards to the sufferage of things gone arry with those of us with mental health problems has never been more eloquently put than in this post. As one of the millions of people out here struggling with mental health each and every day…YOU have given me a new perspective in how I view myself and my disease process. Thank you so much.

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Hi Surviving, I am pleased with your contribution. I am also proud of you for realizing that mental illness is not who you are nor a factor of all you are capable of~~”Greatness”. Stay positive.. Hugs

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Please… please…. do not allow other’s warped perception of who you really are impact your being. This world can be cruel but the last thing we need is to believe other’s opinions. Be proud of who you are.
Hugs,
Rox

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Being defined by anyone other than yourself is unacceptable. And, even we, depending on how we feel, can put ourselves down because we are struggling. Let’s try really hard to define ourselves as beautiful human beings with good hearts who need to be treated as such. Labels are demoralizing and what we need is to uplift our souls and dream/hope that life has to improve.
Hugs Rox

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@surviving

As a newcomer to this blog, I am just reading this post for the first time. Your description of the human condition in regards to the sufferage of things gone arry with those of us with mental health problems has never been more eloquently put than in this post. As one of the millions of people out here struggling with mental health each and every day…YOU have given me a new perspective in how I view myself and my disease process. Thank you so much.

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How are things Surviving? I hope you are living 🙂

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Life is tough and it becomes even tougher when we allow others to alter the way we view ourselves. Please, let’s try with all our might, not to allow negative people to hurt us even more.
We are all worthy!

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