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Danger Ahead: Watch that word

Sometimes when experiencing mental illnesses like depression or anxiety or any really we can find it hard to explain how that feels to someone else.  My hubby knows that if I reply fine to a question about how I am he understands what it really means is that I am: Feeling Incapable of Normal Emotion.  It is so much less stressful than an argument over how what I am saying is not the way I am appearing or acting.

Recently a friend told me he was feeling flat.  Saying it can make it weigh on you even heavier and longer because rather than being a momentary feeling it can set in and become the predominant mood.  I redefined his flat mood as:  Feeling Less Active today. This put a limit on how long he felt flat and meant he had to reassess it each day to see if it was still relevant.

The labels that people give us including our diagnoses can come to define us.  Labels can be so destructive that we begin to accept that this is all of us, it can become our identity. We can  make situations worse for ourselves when we fail to understand that a mood or feeling is fleeting and that thoughts related to that are just that thoughts.  The mood is not set in stone unless we believe it to be and eventually make it so.

I am not saying that you can talk away mental illness.  I am saying the words we use to discuss it can have a greater impact than can be conceived when words like lazy are applied to someone with chronic fatigue or depression.  We need to watch how we define or allow others to define us.

 

Sticks and stones may break our bones

But words might really break us

 

 

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I was 46 years old when I begun this blog, female and married with a house full of cats (7). My past is littered with the impact of events that happened when I was a teen. Two loves of my life have been nursing and studying. I just completed my Master of Arts: Media Studies endorsement. My blog will be about the things I think about, that might be better served being written rather than squirreled away in my mind festering. It is the meanderings of my mind as I seek to define myself and my world.

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