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Soapbox time - ignore if you don't want to hear me rant [Feb. 11th, 2011|07:18 am]

So, this is floating around the internet now:

And you know what? It makes me really, really angry.

You know why? These labels represent very real, and often very dangerous, problems that can be successfully treated if people would stop acting like there's something wrong with needing help.

Since when is Bipolar Disorder a "label"? I'm thinking whoever made this video didn't lose someone who never got properly "labeled" to addiction or suicide. Big Fat Stinking News, people - being bipolar doesn't make you an "artist".  It just makes life harder, for you and anyone who loves you.

I had to fight for years to get my daughter properly diagnosed with ADHD. The medication she takes now changed her life. But according to this little gem of a video, she was really just a kid. Being a kid. Who struggled and cried and thought she was stupid and was overwhelmed by a life she used to dance through. But God forbid anyone label her. Because that would be bad.

Anxiety disorders are real. And they can be deadly. Ask someone who's lost a loved one to suicide whether they'd rather have had a label than a funeral. And then stand up and clap for this video.


[User Picture]From: shabbyesque
2011-02-11 02:32 pm (UTC)
...if I could try to explain how I viewed it (and for the record, I saw this video just before seeing your entry). And this is coming from someone who didn't have a specific label, but has struggled with depression all my life. I guess I just saw it as trying not to let those labels define children and to stop treating them like everything has to revolve around the label. Does that make sense? That said, I definitely see the downside of this video now that you put it that way. Obviously not everyone interpreted it the same way. I would hope no one would EVER think one should stop diagnosing and treating these disorders...if that was the point of the video, I definitely disagree.
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2011-02-11 08:02 pm (UTC)
This was my take too - that nobody should be a negative label. Many people have varied diagnosis's but they should not be labeled that way.

Jo, your daughter is NOT ADHD, she HAS ADHD.

I took it as a message to stop the negative and praise the positive.

I absolutely see your point as well Jo, I just saw it differently.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2011-02-13 07:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think that was the intent of the video. I just don't think that's the message that comes across. They had me right up until the end, with the "Stop pychiatrical labeling" tagline. Labeling isn't the problem. The assumptions around the labels are.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-02-11 02:42 pm (UTC)

The area to which I can relate to a most frustrating degree is not so much with kids but with adults - but the effects to which you refer are EXACTLY the same! And if this labeling wasn't a problem when these adults were younger, and especially NOW, they wouldn't have this problem now, and at this point, they could AT LEAST start dealing with the issue.

I want to stand up and cheer for your rant. The suggestion to an adult that THEY might be Bipolar or have an anxiety disorder for which medication just might help is interpreted as an insult! HUH???? So there is a chemical problem in the brain that can be fixed with meds. How is that different than having a chemical problem in the thyroid that can be fixed with meds.... or in the blood... or in the bones? No two bodies produce or metablolize or process things the same... and now two bodies intake the same.... What on earth is so hard to understand.

Just adding to your rant...
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[User Picture]From: nevermind_that
2011-02-12 09:04 pm (UTC)
I like it when you rant. I'm sorry the video angered you so much though.

How I viewed it was pretty much what shabbyesque said. But I'm not a mother and, most importantly, I am not you. Your experiences will understandably shape the way in which you choose to interpret the message. I really hope the point behind that video is not to ignore or stop diagnosing any of those disorders because that would just be wrong. What I do know is that a lot of kids have these labels attached to them and people have a hard time seeing beyond that. I see it in school all the time. What I think they were suggesting was that it stops being "The kid with ADHD..." (using that as an example) and is just "The kid..."

As themselves, as a person, as a human being. With "The Kid" encompassing EVERYTHING about them. Disorders included. Because there is nothing wrong with any of it and the stigma around this stuff just exacerbates the ignorance.

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2011-02-13 07:26 pm (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly with your last paragraph. But I think the answer isn't to stop labeling, but to stop making the label a stigma.

People label. It's just how the human brain works. Everything we encounter get categorized, whether we do it consiously or not. The kid who doesn't end up with the ADHD label gets Lazy, or Stupid, or Bratty, or Wild instead. None of those are helpful. None of those result in progress or management of the underlying condition.

No one is one thing. The labels that stick, that are "bad", are the ones that people don't embrace, that they try to stop, that they try to keep a secret.

We don't need to stop pyschiatric labeling. We need to stop acting like the label means something wrong.
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[User Picture]From: nevermind_that
2011-02-14 03:12 am (UTC)
We don't need to stop pyschiatric labeling. We need to stop acting like the label means something wrong.

Amen. :-)
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-02-13 05:25 pm (UTC)
Wow - IMO the video represented the OPPOSITE of your rant.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-02-20 03:56 am (UTC)
I for one am applauding you for posting this.
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