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Break the stigma. Stop the label.

I think it was Dr Wayne Dyer who said that if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

This is true both positively and negatively.

Do you know someone who has a problem for every solution? Who sees doom and gloom at the happiest of moments? Who is preempting a negative outcome despite things going in their favour?

Do you think they have a mental illness, or have they just been hurt so many times before, that they are afraid to hope for a positive outcome? Are they simply protecting themselves from being let down again?

This is how we experience life when we finally give up hope about the future, or we give up hope about being appreciated.

That absence of hope is what causes us to feel depressed. Depression is a legitimate experience of human emotions after we’ve taken one too many hard knocks from life about something important to us.

The same is true for every other emotional experience.

Emotions are not deficiencies. They’re the essence of what makes us human.

If we ever hope to win this battle against a consistently declining quality of life, we need to stop referring to emotions as mental health, and we need to stop defining the duress that we experience in life as a mental illness.

We need to reconnect with the human behind the pain, instead of dehumanising them by denying the legitimacy of their emotional experience.

Break the stigma. Stop the labelling. Embrace the humanness.

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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