How Do You Describe Yourself When Facing Mental Illness?
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- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
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Mental health challenges can be difficult enough on their own. They become daunting when we beat ourselves up because of them and describe ourselves harshly, negatively—and unfairly. Looking beyond the mental illness symptoms can feel impossible, and people come to describe themselves pretty cruelly.
When "I'm depressed" replaces "I live with depression," or "I'm inept around people" replaces "I'm experiencing social anxiety," people begin to internalize their mental health challenges. This self-labeling leads to other negative descriptions such as "loser," "worthless," and more. Using harsh descriptions affects the way we think about ourselves, feel about ourselves, and interact with the world. (Combat Negative Self-Talk with the Three C's)
Mental illness is something people deal with; it is not who people are at their core. Separating yourself from your mental health challenges is an important step in describing yourself accurately and kindly.
- Examine who you are beyond what you're dealing with.
- Catch yourself using negative descriptions, and change them.
- Use this formula: "I may have social anxiety, but I am _______ or I can_______.
- Keep a self-description journal to jot down and return to these empowering descriptions.
- How do you describe yourself when facing mental health challenges? Are you describing side effects of the challenges, or are you describing your true self?
How do you describe yourself when facing mental health challenges? Are you describing side effects of the challenges, or are you describing your true self?
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- Self-Talk: Managing Your Inner Voice
- Change Negative Thoughts into Positive Self-Talk
- Self-Compassion and Positive Self-Talk
- The Difference Between Stigmatizing Mental Illness and Labeling It
Today's Question: Today’s Question: What helps you describe yourself in a realistic, positive way? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- 6 Tips on How to Find a Great Mental Health Counselor
- Practice Self-Care on a Budget
- PTSD and Fatigue: Is It Normal to Feel So Tired?
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On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Three Creative Ways to Be Calm When You Have Anxiety
- Feel Confident Now: Ask Yourself These 15 Questions
- How I Learned to Overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Age Related Anxiety, Or What Should I Have Done Already?
- Common Alcoholism Stereotypes Enable Denial
- Three Things About Alcoholism I Wish I Knew Before Treatment
- Implement Extreme Self-Care for Depression
- When Corporations Promote Mental Health Stigma
- Identify Your Shame Triggers So They Don’t Control You
- Wintertime Self-Care for Binge Eating Disorder
- Schizoaffective Disorder and Dealing With a Crisis
- PTSD Recovery: Avoiding Avoidance
- Trade The Lies of Mental Illness for Real Love from Family
- Dealing with Denial in Dissociative Identity Disorder
- 11 Ways to Maximize Productivity and Gain Confidence
- The Best of ‘Breaking Bipolar’ 2015
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Childhood Poverty Linked To Brain Changes Related To Depression
- Depression And Obesity Common Among Bipolar Patients With Exhausted Stress System
- Sleeping In At The Weekend Might Reduce Diabetes Risk
- Sleep-Deprived Teens Find It Harder To Cope With Stress
- Teens Who Use Cannabis At Risk Of Schizophrenia
- Youths With Gender Dysphoria Have Higher Rates Of Asperger Syndrome
- Standing Desks Improve Student Cognition
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Last Updated: 03 February 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD