Diagnosis/labelling can be either helpful or destructive, I guess partly depending on what happens next therapy- or treatment-wise, and who is doing the diagnosing. I have OCD and found it very helpful to have it labelled, as I hadn't known what the hell was wrong with me and thought I was going insane. Labelling led me to finding a really helpful support group, and feeling generally less mental. However, when I talked about it to a psychiatrist (who I only went to for a referral for generic counselling), she made a disparaging remark about my OCD. I retorted something like 'I may have OCD, but I'm not completely mad', to which she replied 'OCD is a mental disorder, so you kind of are,' and then she refused to refer me for counselling. Very fucking helpful. Made me hate all psychiatrists for a short while.
Love this!A mentor of mine (who also rejects DSM classifications) told me that BPD is just a label for selfishness. I tend to agree.
Labels, and the traits they're meant to encapsulate, are such fascinating things, aren't they?And when I say labels, I mean *all* labels: DMS-IV labels, medical diagnostic labels, religious labels, horoscope labels, labels on the back of ketchup bottles. When we give or are given labels, I think two things are sometimes missed:a) The notion of continuum: we *all* have OCD traits if we're in any way regulated or attempting-to-regulate ourselves as human beans. It's just that these traits, at times become maladaptive. And even here, as we know: one person's maladaption, is another's glittering career as a nobel-winning scientist.b) Time: a label is fixed, but we ain't (unless we buy into the fixity of the label). There have certainly been periods in my life where I was quite BPDish, or OCDish, or whateverish. If I'd had a label slapped on me during these periods, I might still be carrying them around.[Shudder]
Well said, Sir.
Fantastic art.I definitely have an ocd about atc.
This might be my favourite ever Prozacville!
i have all the labels! just, thankfully, not usually all at one time...usually.
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