Mental illnesses do not define who we are

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 :+)

Another question: Whom do you report cruelty to a human being? Now that all has been submitted and I have to wait I have so many questions.
Thanks
Rox

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@roxie43

Hi Friends,
Can you give me examples of defamation of character?
Thanks
Roxie

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This is the way it works Rox and it will work out There are legalities in place for you and they will be acted upon when the time is right to do so

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@roxie43

Another question: Whom do you report cruelty to a human being? Now that all has been submitted and I have to wait I have so many questions.
Thanks
Rox

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You wont have to report this because it will go before the courts and all be submitted with the evidence that you have provided. They will then direct you in the direction of then lodging a civil claim. You may not need to go down this avenue as the court as I’m sure will rule your way.Takecare Piglit

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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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They sound vindictive so why care about them. Your call but if it were me I’m saying the news would here from me. Get mad roxi n don’t let them get away with nothing.

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@roxie43

Hi Friends,
Can you give me examples of defamation of character?
Thanks
Roxie

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Oh my Lord no! Not your doctor but an ethics violation against those that hurt you that are licensed

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People tickle me. Being sad does not mean we r dumb! I think we r more in tune with life than people who think they r perfect. News flash: when we use the toilet ur shit stinks just like mine if not more.

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@roxie43

Hi Friends,
Can you give me examples of defamation of character?
Thanks
Roxie

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How do I even begin to do this? I’m so overwhelmed but I know LCSW & RN’S who all participated. I could have died and they just get away with it?
Rox

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@roxie43

Hi Friends,
Can you give me examples of defamation of character?
Thanks
Roxie

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Thanks Piglit,
On the blue and dark side today. I’m going to sit out in the sun for a bit to see if it helps. I have dotted all my I’s and crossed all my “T’s”. Now, I have to wait and I’m bored out of my mind. Thinking way too much.
Roxie

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@china

People tickle me. Being sad does not mean we r dumb! I think we r more in tune with life than people who think they r perfect. News flash: when we use the toilet ur shit stinks just like mine if not more.

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Hi,
How old are you? You act like my young one. Very direct! Thanks for your support and you’re right poops smell bad coming from anyone.
Rox

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@roxie43

Hi Friends,
Can you give me examples of defamation of character?
Thanks
Roxie

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I can walk you through it Rox, just get this part finished.

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@roxie43

Hi Friends,
Can you give me examples of defamation of character?
Thanks
Roxie

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Thanks Lizzie,
Now I’m crying again. They traumatized me. I’ll check in later..

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@roxie43

Hi Friends,
Can you give me examples of defamation of character?
Thanks
Roxie

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sweet Roxie, I am sorry you are crying. Do check in?

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@roxie43

Hi Friends,
Can you give me examples of defamation of character?
Thanks
Roxie

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Hi,
I’m ok in that sense but not ok in another. All I want is a peaceful life. Is this too much to ask for?
Rox

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@roxie43

Hi Friends,
Can you give me examples of defamation of character?
Thanks
Roxie

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I hear you Rox. I’ve never been one for drama. I have had to back up into a small corner of my world to get some peacefulness.

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@china

People tickle me. Being sad does not mean we r dumb! I think we r more in tune with life than people who think they r perfect. News flash: when we use the toilet ur shit stinks just like mine if not more.

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so true rox poop does smell

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