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 :+)

@roxie43

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

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where all here for you Rox all you have to do is lean on us xo

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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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You made me laugh … thank you
Rox

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As I read some of my reference letters going back to 1992, it’s difficult to understand why some have the audacity to slander my work ethic and character. I’m still trying to sort out how I’m portrayed by some with a hidden agenda in a negative light but my references say that I go above and beyond.
This is another topic that makes me question “why?”.
How can anyone try to portray a false picture of another? It really hurts when people believe the abuser and not the person being mobbed. Maybe just maybe I’ll be able to ask soon.
Hugs,
Rox

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@roxie43

As I read some of my reference letters going back to 1992, it’s difficult to understand why some have the audacity to slander my work ethic and character. I’m still trying to sort out how I’m portrayed by some with a hidden agenda in a negative light but my references say that I go above and beyond.
This is another topic that makes me question “why?”.
How can anyone try to portray a false picture of another? It really hurts when people believe the abuser and not the person being mobbed. Maybe just maybe I’ll be able to ask soon.
Hugs,
Rox

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you will my dar rox all the questions and answers that you have been longing for are not to far away know. I’ll be there right beside you all the way Piglit

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@roxie43

As I read some of my reference letters going back to 1992, it’s difficult to understand why some have the audacity to slander my work ethic and character. I’m still trying to sort out how I’m portrayed by some with a hidden agenda in a negative light but my references say that I go above and beyond.
This is another topic that makes me question “why?”.
How can anyone try to portray a false picture of another? It really hurts when people believe the abuser and not the person being mobbed. Maybe just maybe I’ll be able to ask soon.
Hugs,
Rox

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Hi Piglit,
How I wish you were nearby.
Thanks for being so kind…
Rox

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@roxie43

As I read some of my reference letters going back to 1992, it’s difficult to understand why some have the audacity to slander my work ethic and character. I’m still trying to sort out how I’m portrayed by some with a hidden agenda in a negative light but my references say that I go above and beyond.
This is another topic that makes me question “why?”.
How can anyone try to portray a false picture of another? It really hurts when people believe the abuser and not the person being mobbed. Maybe just maybe I’ll be able to ask soon.
Hugs,
Rox

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maybe not nearby but always always her for you

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@roxie43

As I read some of my reference letters going back to 1992, it’s difficult to understand why some have the audacity to slander my work ethic and character. I’m still trying to sort out how I’m portrayed by some with a hidden agenda in a negative light but my references say that I go above and beyond.
This is another topic that makes me question “why?”.
How can anyone try to portray a false picture of another? It really hurts when people believe the abuser and not the person being mobbed. Maybe just maybe I’ll be able to ask soon.
Hugs,
Rox

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I know Piglit..
I appreciate all that you do and all that you stand for.
Hugs
Rox

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@roxie43

As I read some of my reference letters going back to 1992, it’s difficult to understand why some have the audacity to slander my work ethic and character. I’m still trying to sort out how I’m portrayed by some with a hidden agenda in a negative light but my references say that I go above and beyond.
This is another topic that makes me question “why?”.
How can anyone try to portray a false picture of another? It really hurts when people believe the abuser and not the person being mobbed. Maybe just maybe I’ll be able to ask soon.
Hugs,
Rox

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Always here sweetie xoxo

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Call your local politicians and involve them in your agenda’s. Politicians like to get involved around elections.

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Defining, labeling, targeting, and misleading are so hurtful. I’m the only one that can define who I am and what I stand for. I’m a good person living in a society with many social issues that should have been eradicated decades ago.

If those walls at work could talk…
Rox

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Could care less what strangers think. I luv me 2much.

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As I read this discussion, I have to admit that although I know best who I am, being lied about or judged really hurts. It does make one question who they really are…that would give others the opportunity to define, label and judge me with such contempt. My mother thinks that people who feel threatened or are reminded of someone from their personal life can cause someone to project those negative feelings onto another. I’m always trying to figure all this suffering out. Maybe my mom is right or maybe some just get a kick out of hurting other’s.
What do you think?
Rox

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Depression messes w views. Tell myself daily I am good. My therapist says + affirmation is important.

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Sadly, I’m sure a lot of us are simply defined by labels instead of human being’s. Keep your heads up no matter what….
Hugs,
Rox

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@roxie43

Sadly, I’m sure a lot of us are simply defined by labels instead of human being’s. Keep your heads up no matter what….
Hugs,
Rox

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so true Rox we do not to hold our heads up and stand tall
Hugs Piglit

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