Use of words #
99.9% of people on here have a diagnosed mental illness. I was thinking of how we as individuals and as a community use words to explain our illness/es and how we feel about it.
Do we use positive, negative or possibly neutral language?
I used to use the word "suffer" almost by default to describe my feelings, thoughts and situation. During my hospital stays between 2013 and 2015 my psychologist helped me to use terms like " live with", "work with" or "accept" . For me these terms helped with understanding the highs, lows, negatives, positives that living with BP2, GAD and still to be diagnosed PTSD. ( familial emotional and physical abuse, bullying and spousal abuse) #Bipolar , #General anxiety disorder,# PTSD. Like a lot of people i have severe lows to go with my "normal" moods but i work on using positive words both internally and when conversing with others. I use mindfulness exercises, physical exercise and where possible talk therapy with friends and family.
By choosing our words be they positive, neutral or negative we choose how we feel internally and how we present to others externally.
This is your choice and when all is said and the only person we have to look at in the mirror is ourselves. let's choose to be positive and like and love who we are