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

No one is immune from mental illnesses….. This video highlights famous people with mental illnesses who were not solely defined by illness….

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so true and I feel that at times we all go through this Hugs Piglit

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no they do not!

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People enjoy labels and superiority but God loves us all the same.
Ignore ignorance.

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@roxie43

People enjoy labels and superiority but God loves us all the same.
Ignore ignorance.

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Thank you! Superiority or the need to control everything is actually low self worth.
God bless

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http://bullyinworkplace.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/your-manager-is-a-bully-but-you-arent-helpless/
Bullies do not define who we are and what we are worth…
Hugs

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I say that no one can define whom we are but they do especially those with a little power. The key is to not own what other’s define you as because that is their opinion filled with biases, insecurities, transference issues…etc.
Although, this type of behavior is hurtful, we just can’t allow another person to tell us who we are and what we are worth…
Hugs,
Rox

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@roxie43

I say that no one can define whom we are but they do especially those with a little power. The key is to not own what other’s define you as because that is their opinion filled with biases, insecurities, transference issues…etc.
Although, this type of behavior is hurtful, we just can’t allow another person to tell us who we are and what we are worth…
Hugs,
Rox

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ditto

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http://bullyinworkplace.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/healthcare-and-workplace-bullying-beths-story/
They try to define us negatively because we are bright and know the difference between equality and respect vs. sabotage and cruelty… Bullies or people who abuse their power do not like it when a strong person stands up to them.

It will never stop unless we all tell our stories and change policies, laws and stricter accountability.

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@roxie43

http://bullyinworkplace.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/healthcare-and-workplace-bullying-beths-story/
They try to define us negatively because we are bright and know the difference between equality and respect vs. sabotage and cruelty… Bullies or people who abuse their power do not like it when a strong person stands up to them.

It will never stop unless we all tell our stories and change policies, laws and stricter accountability.

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ur missing r u ok. maybe u went back 2 work or somthing. hope ur alright

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@roxie43

http://bullyinworkplace.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/healthcare-and-workplace-bullying-beths-story/
They try to define us negatively because we are bright and know the difference between equality and respect vs. sabotage and cruelty… Bullies or people who abuse their power do not like it when a strong person stands up to them.

It will never stop unless we all tell our stories and change policies, laws and stricter accountability.

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Thank you for asking. I am fine..just a lot going on.
Take care

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@roxie43

http://bullyinworkplace.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/healthcare-and-workplace-bullying-beths-story/
They try to define us negatively because we are bright and know the difference between equality and respect vs. sabotage and cruelty… Bullies or people who abuse their power do not like it when a strong person stands up to them.

It will never stop unless we all tell our stories and change policies, laws and stricter accountability.

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Going back to work next month!!!!! Bittersweet

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@roxie43

http://bullyinworkplace.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/healthcare-and-workplace-bullying-beths-story/
They try to define us negatively because we are bright and know the difference between equality and respect vs. sabotage and cruelty… Bullies or people who abuse their power do not like it when a strong person stands up to them.

It will never stop unless we all tell our stories and change policies, laws and stricter accountability.

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so happy for you

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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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@roxie43

http://bullyinworkplace.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/healthcare-and-workplace-bullying-beths-story/
They try to define us negatively because we are bright and know the difference between equality and respect vs. sabotage and cruelty… Bullies or people who abuse their power do not like it when a strong person stands up to them.

It will never stop unless we all tell our stories and change policies, laws and stricter accountability.

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me 2 but worried

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