At the Catskills Bed and Breakfast and Spa we offer stress reduction and spiritual retreats. In these programs I do much mentoring and coaching of people with behavior challenges. Often it seems that the therapists they are seeing are well meaning but clueless.
What needs to happen within the mental health community is a new perspective. One that is less concerned with diagnosing and treating strange and unconventional behavior and one in which the physician or therapist plays a role in helping individuals in learning to cope with the stress of their mental and emotional challenges and of the possibility of being stigmatized. In order to improve their quality of life the people involved in the patients or clients care must make them aware that stigmas may arise and prepare them for the reality of being diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Studies have shown that when individuals were socialized with the intent to teach them about stigmas and how to cope they fared better in daily activities such as work and school and they also responded to treatment better than those who were not exposed to the socialization.
Individuals especially children and adolescents often face problems with peer relationships, and often experience isolation, bullying, and ridicule from peers due to the diagnosis of a mental illness. This often happens with creative extraordinary thinkers with expansive imaginations, brilliant minds and little patience for the ordinary. They may be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, and then face stereotypes that are associated with such a diagnosis. This can lead to depression and where counseling is appropriate can hinders their chance for a fast recovery and may even prevent them from seeking further treatment.
Lewis Harrison is a bestselling author and the Creator of the Course of Enlightenment.
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