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243 Surviving Mental Illness – Beyond Stigma – Baron-Katz

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Mental illness recovery requires a survival guide. In this evocative interview, an acclaimed author with personal street experience discusses how.

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  1. Deborah Poteet-Johnson on 08/08/2018 at 10:11 PM

    This was excellent and very inspiring. In my medical practice, I see many adults with ADHD who also have some co-occurring conditions. It breaks my heart to know that sometimes their own parents are pressuring them to “file for disability,” even though I can see great potential in them and how being employed could help improve their self-esteem. Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with issues such as this? I fear that being labeled “disabled” can stifle their creativity and drive to do productive work, plus feed into a sense of being less motivated. I know that there are cases in which having disability can be very helpful, but the majority of my patients who are being told (again, often by their own family members, including parents) to file for disability probably just need to have gainful, meaningful employment.

    • Dr Charles Parker on 08/10/2018 at 5:04 AM

      So true Deborah – it’s a form of giving up if they stay in that glide path and ride on secondary gains without fighting to move forward. Family secondary gains also contribute to a decreased resolution to fight thru. The challenge is difficult because often the complexity of the disability is real – and does require *real work* to overcome – from many resources. The bottom line: don’t take on that identity as a limitation.

  2. Judith Carrington on 08/06/2018 at 4:34 PM

    Linda, your story of how ignorance spoiled your youth was amplified by having both you and your mother suffering with mental issues and the unyielding influence of your Father. Your father is a story of the “stigmatic” approach that is so common. What isn’t common is your amazing fighting spirit and your recovery. You’ve “made it happen” through your creativity and determination to get training and helping others through sharing your story.

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