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 :+)

Has anyone ever told you – I’ve known you for a longtime? When trying to imply that they somehow have a right to tell you who you are?
I’ve known “me” a lot longer and I know who I am better than anyone else.
Just an example of how people try to self impose their distorted and biased beliefs on another.
Rox

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@roxie43

Has anyone ever told you – I’ve known you for a longtime? When trying to imply that they somehow have a right to tell you who you are?
I’ve known “me” a lot longer and I know who I am better than anyone else.
Just an example of how people try to self impose their distorted and biased beliefs on another.
Rox

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I can so relate to what your saying Rox. It is a real power game with these people. They enjoy trying to keep the control. This is why it is so important for all of us to just be who we are and not to be judgemental in anyway. Take care as always

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Do not worry. One day the wrong person is going to be hurt and the results will change the boss. What some need is a taste of there own behaviour

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@china

Do not worry. One day the wrong person is going to be hurt and the results will change the boss. What some need is a taste of there own behaviour

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All I want is accountability and restoration.

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@roxie43

Has anyone ever told you – I’ve known you for a longtime? When trying to imply that they somehow have a right to tell you who you are?
I’ve known “me” a lot longer and I know who I am better than anyone else.
Just an example of how people try to self impose their distorted and biased beliefs on another.
Rox

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Piglit you’re very smart! Control …could not agree with you more. I also think misery that’s masked by success and denial about needing treatment.
Rox

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@roxie43

You have to see this empowering video on YouTube! It’s even more proof that disability does not mean – inability
I love life. I am happy….videos name
http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org

Let’s not allow prejudice and stigma to negatively impact our self worth nor abilities ..
Rox

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See Nick’s video ..it will give you a powerful perspective!
Rox

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@china

Do not worry. One day the wrong person is going to be hurt and the results will change the boss. What some need is a taste of there own behaviour

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I would want them to feel the same way they made you feel. Your to nice.

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@china

Do not worry. One day the wrong person is going to be hurt and the results will change the boss. What some need is a taste of there own behaviour

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I don’t. I am not vindictive. I don’t wish the kind of suffering that I endured on anyone not even the defendants.
It would make me just as bad and I’m too conscientious. I do appreciate your passion though.
Rox

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@roxie43

You have to see this empowering video on YouTube! It’s even more proof that disability does not mean – inability
I love life. I am happy….videos name
http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org

Let’s not allow prejudice and stigma to negatively impact our self worth nor abilities ..
Rox

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Read your encouraging advice when u don’t feel good cause ur good person.

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@roxie43

Has anyone ever told you – I’ve known you for a longtime? When trying to imply that they somehow have a right to tell you who you are?
I’ve known “me” a lot longer and I know who I am better than anyone else.
Just an example of how people try to self impose their distorted and biased beliefs on another.
Rox

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This post is so powerful because power and control are definitely what bullies rely on to hurt others. Very insightful Piglit!

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@roxie43

Has anyone ever told you – I’ve known you for a longtime? When trying to imply that they somehow have a right to tell you who you are?
I’ve known “me” a lot longer and I know who I am better than anyone else.
Just an example of how people try to self impose their distorted and biased beliefs on another.
Rox

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Thanks Rox I have as you know had experienced terrible bullying issues with my husband and son. and it is so true that bullies do consider that they have power and control over people that they hurt.At the end of the day I feel that the bullies have issues of immense insecurity within themselves hence it makes them feel good to belittle other people So wrong and unjust Take care Piglit

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@roxie43

Has anyone ever told you – I’ve known you for a longtime? When trying to imply that they somehow have a right to tell you who you are?
I’ve known “me” a lot longer and I know who I am better than anyone else.
Just an example of how people try to self impose their distorted and biased beliefs on another.
Rox

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So sad that in order for a person to feel god about themselves they have to hurt another. I am proud that I could never do that.
Thanks for everything Piglit….
Roxie

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@roxie43

Has anyone ever told you – I’ve known you for a longtime? When trying to imply that they somehow have a right to tell you who you are?
I’ve known “me” a lot longer and I know who I am better than anyone else.
Just an example of how people try to self impose their distorted and biased beliefs on another.
Rox

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Always here if you need me

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@roxie43

Has anyone ever told you – I’ve known you for a longtime? When trying to imply that they somehow have a right to tell you who you are?
I’ve known “me” a lot longer and I know who I am better than anyone else.
Just an example of how people try to self impose their distorted and biased beliefs on another.
Rox

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I know …thank you!
Rox

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@roxie43

Has anyone ever told you – I’ve known you for a longtime? When trying to imply that they somehow have a right to tell you who you are?
I’ve known “me” a lot longer and I know who I am better than anyone else.
Just an example of how people try to self impose their distorted and biased beliefs on another.
Rox

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always will be

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