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Mental health versus mental illness? Which term would you prefer? Is one more stigmatizing? Which term do/would you use? Written for Hump Day Poetry.

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  1. Lori Carlson May 11, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    For me, I have a mental illness… Mental Health is what I am aiming toward. I cannot see the words used interchangeably and hold the same meaning, nor is mental illness a stigma word in my view. Just my personal thoughts on this.. thanks for a thought provoking question and for joining me for Hump Day Poetry! Have a great rest of the week, Phylor :)

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    • taleweavering May 16, 2016 / 8:35 am

      Thanks for answering my question. It struck me the other day when I was looking at the various # for may. I tend to think of myself as having mental health issues. Although there is a lot more going on, deepest depression is a term I’ve been using within myself if not elsewhere.

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      • Lori Carlson May 16, 2016 / 8:39 am

        That’s a good term to use (deepest depression), but I fear that if people stop using the term mental illness and sugar coat it by saying Mental Health issue, then people will forget that this is really is an illness and not merely an issue. I think it is too PC and it could throw us back years as far as treatment and stigmas are concerned. Just my thoughts though. I am grateful to you for bringing this up. It has forced me to really evaluate how I feel about the topic.

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        • taleweavering May 16, 2016 / 9:04 am

          I agree that “mental health issues” can seem like a sugar coat to make mental illness more palatable. I guess I never thought of it as being PC or not; when I blogged honestly about having a breakdown and the lack of mental health assistance (2011/2012 especially), the honesty, not the terms used, seemed to be what upset and bothered people.
          I guess I tend to issues to suggest the multiple nature of my mental illnesses — only recently been getting treatment so the extent of the illness is yet to be fully evaluated.
          Thanks for sharing your ideas. I appreciate it. And the honesty. This is a subject many people have problems with too much “honesty.” Honesty helps sweep away stigma; the truth, not the myth.

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          • Lori Carlson May 16, 2016 / 9:18 am

            Now I don’t have a problem with saying ‘mental health assistance’ as it relates to aid and recovery. That seems quite justifiable to me to use those words in that context. So I cannot understand why someone would get upset with you for using that term. I agree, we do need to be more honest if we want to end the stigma.
            I hope you get a full eval, Phylor. It does take time. And sometimes different psychiatrists will disagree. My own diagnosis is a mile long. You’d think I was just one huge walking mental disaster. And perhaps I am… Best of luck to you with treatment and recovery hun.

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  2. Lori Carlson May 11, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Reblogged this on A Whispered Wind and commented:
    Subtle comparison for a real problematic issue.. beautifully written!
    Comments are disabled. Please visit Phylor’s blog to leave a comment. Thanks!

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    • taleweavering May 16, 2016 / 8:31 am

      Thank you Lori — I’ve been playing with photoshop/paint programs and photographing odd things like the fullest of moons.

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      • Lori Carlson May 16, 2016 / 8:41 am

        You are doing an amazing job. I really enjoy your renderings :)

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