Thursday, October 9, 2014

I've thought about this for ages but continuously lack the words to say it right. When people talk about a disease, for example depression or schizophrenia (not to be confused with schizoids, by the way) they constantly have a thing in their mind. A very tangible picture, like a label. Like a personality. Or a person.

It's odd that often people are content to let this label rest on themselves. I understand the need for convenient classification and treatment, but this need is for others to better understand.

It's important for the patient to understand his/her condition, yes, but up to a point. It will manifest in a unique manner in every individual and affect them differently based on their environment and daily routines.

Of course, this generally only holds true for psychological illnesses...a diabetic is diabetic (but not only diabetic) no matter how you swing it. note also that diabetes is diagnosed by levels of glucose in the blood. that's what it means in all the other varied symptoms. It does not mean, pitiful. Or any other hang-on tags.

A schizophrenic is not crazy, or dangerous. He/she is a human being like any other. It may mean, depending on the person, different things. Maybe someone was abused and that trauma manifests itself as lack of emotion, voices in the head, other symptoms unique to the person.

Anyway, my point is they're human beings, and having a condition doesn't change who they are.


note to myself:
choosing what we believe in, we create our own value, to ourselves. so, choose well! :) and importantly, act well :)