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Are the terms “high-functioning” and “low-functioning” actually harmful? /genq

Because I don’t mind being labeled as “high-functioning” as an autistic individual. Is that wrong?

Of course autism is a spectrum. Traits that someone does and doesn’t show doesn’t make them any less autistic. No matter if they’re labeled high-functioning or low-functioning, they’re still autistic. Of course they are!

I saw a Pinterest post showing example “A and B are both autistic” and that said “there’s no such thing as ‘high-functioning’ and ‘low-functioning’” and that “those terms are harmful to use towards the autistic community.” I do agree that it shouldn’t be used on entire groups, especially on those who don’t like it, (just like how the terms “disability” or “disorder/ASD” shouldn’t be used on everyone) but what about for those who don’t mind being labeled as high-functioning and maybe reclaim it, such as myself? Is that wrong? Because I felt kind of offended by that post.

I don’t like gatekeeping, so I hate folks/folx telling me what I should and shouldn’t be comfortable with labeling myself.

#MyAutismIsNotADisorder #question #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Autistic #IsThisRight #Labels

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What labels fit your personality?

I've written in the past about the kinds of labels that feel pathologizing. But if I'm honest, I'm also obsessed with personality quizzes. Not that I use them to make any important life decisions, but when they feel like they fit, they can be interesting glimpses into the ways in which I behave.

How These Labels Help Me as Someone With Complex PTSD

Do you enjoy taking personality quizzes? If so, which ones do you like and how do they reflect your story?

#PTSD #CPTSD #Trauma #personality #Mbti #Enneagram #lovelanguage #Labels

How These Labels Help Me as Someone With Complex PTSD



I am so tired of the labels. Those that people give to me, those I hear about others- the definitions that people associate with the labels they freely hand out.
Each time I talk to a professional it’s a new diagnosis... ASD, C-PTSD, BPD, MDD, SAD, Bipolar... I mean what other letters of the alphabet do I need that can somehow explain ‘me’. And what does that truly tell anyone?
I am constantly thinking- how do I fit this mold, how do I show those symptoms, why do they say these things?
I just want the labels to go away- I want to be seen as me... not a diagnosis that no one can actually define #Labels #PTSD #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Depression #justwanttobeme


Labels #Labels #Identity #Depression #freedom

I made this video to express how we get tied down by all the labels society and ourselves put on. I hope you can absorb the wisdom in it.

If you do enjoy the video I would super appreciate it if you comment, like on the actual video.

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#Therapy for lifelong #Trauma #PTSD 1st time at 37 #help !!!

#Trauma #Therapy for #PTSD 1st time really “ready” to open up with #Psychiatrist at 37 #childhoodtrauma #abuse #neglect #fearofabandonment #psychologicalabuse from a father that I would describe as #CharlesManson with a #TheBible in one hand and #Alcoholism in the other. In addition to a family that #rejected me completely so much so that on both sides of my #Divorced #Family I had rules that if I walked in the room within one minute all of my cousins had to leave my #physical presence because I was just #different but never had #behavioral #Problems just major misunderstandings and what seemed like a lot of #bad luck because of the many #Labels that seem to get stuck to me throughout the years in public #Education . So I was sent to live #alone with my #Father at 11 on a #cult like farm with no access to the outside world (no modern technology including TV, Radio or Phone) and he #brainwashed me as a #Child to never speak to anyone or they would lock me up and throw away the key or call me a liar and ignore me completely. So I have major #Trust #issues and have no clue where to begin when I see my #Therapist via video this week. I also have #ADHD with a #mind that is #hyper #creative and #super analytical seems like a #Gift and #Curse when expressing my #Thoughts and #Emotions #help #Advice #ParanoidThoughts


Labels #Labels #Depression #trama #idenity #Society #Pain

I created this video as a way to heal and spread awareness. We are not our thoughts or beliefs, who we are is a deep presences that can't be understood by the mind but can be felt with the heart. #Selflove #selfcare #Meditation #Awarness #freedom #Identification #Ego #soul

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Don't make their labels your identity 💛 #SelfharmRecovery

I have been going through a rough time lately and have relied heavily on negative coping skills, particularly self-harm.

I was at a doctor's office today and the nurse saw my wounds and scars and whispered to her supervisor, "Looks like we have a cutter on our hands."

Despite my anxiety in talking to authority figures, I spoke up and said, "No ma'am. looks like you have a human being going through a hard time and coping the only way she feels she can. hope you treat her with the respect she deserves."

She had the decency to look ashamed and give me a half-hearted apology.

I hope she treats the next patient who struggles with self-harm with respect and dignity.

More than that, however, I hope everyone here who struggles with self-injury reads this quote and feels empowered, validated, and above all, loved!!

You are more than the labels you are given.

You are a WARRIOR in the battle against mental illness and injustice.

Keep fighting!

You deserve nothing less than respect and. compassion. ❤

#Anxiety #Selfharm #Labels #Respect #Love #compassion #Selfcare


Defining ourselves by our conditions #Stigma

How much do we define ourselves, and let others define us, by our mental health conditions? #Labels

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Coming to Terms with #ChronicIllness

I’ve never considered myself to be someone suffering from chronic illness, despite having nearly debilitating migraines for years. It’s a hard label to swallow, and the even harder one for me is that of being disabled. Chronic migraines are legally a disability, and that isn’t something I ever thought I’d call myself.

So here’s to everyone who is chronically ill who has yet to accept their label. To everyone who has a disability but has yet to say it out loud. To everyone, like me, who’s struggling with labels.

#Labels #ChronicIllness #Migraine #struggling #Acceptance