If you happen to’re a longtime reader of My Mind’s Not Damaged, my fascination with phrases and language. I’ve posts all about psychological well being phrases and why we use the phrases we do after we speak about psychological well being. This weblog began as a means for me to inform my story, and there’s no story with out writing one phrase after the opposite.
My story has developed through the years, and I believe a giant cause for that’s as a result of my language has developed. I’ve a distinct means of speaking about psychological well being than I did in years previous, and I do know I’m higher for it. However making these changes – even simply recognizing that they should be made – is a problem.
For many of my life, I didn’t notice how self-critical my ideas have been. I believed everybody had ideas about themselves. Constructive, adverse, someplace within the center; that’s simply the way in which issues have been. What I’d failed to understand is the impression of the world round me. I’d learn, hearken to or watch folks use unfamiliar phrases with none context. Generally I used to be curious and requested questions however in any other case, I used to be by myself to determine what they meant.
Trying again, I don’t like how I talked about psychological well being for many of my life. Now I notice that writing that at 29 is way totally different than at 49 or 59, however nonetheless. At the least two-thirds of my life (probably longer) have been spent not figuring out easy methods to speak about sure points.
Till I began having my very own struggles, psychological well being undoubtedly felt like certainly one of them. I couldn’t join listening to somebody speak about their nervousness with the anxious ideas I used to be having. I didn’t perceive that the melancholy an individual was describing was equivalent to ideas I’d had, or emotions I used to be aware of. There was language folks have been utilizing that didn’t make sense as a result of I’d by no means heard it earlier than. And moderately than ask questions, I made assumptions. I attempted to go off what I already knew, as a substitute of studying issues that would have helped me study extra about myself.
There are many legitimate causes to regulate the way in which we speak about psychological well being. Society hasn’t at all times been capable of have wholesome discussions about psychological well being, and it exhibits in how we speak about it. We use phrases that stigmatize and phrases that disrespect as a result of that’s what we’re used to.
Language persists when folks use the identical phrases and phrases time and again, however that doesn’t make it okay. It’s time we problem that language for what it’s. We need to be kinder with ourselves and gentler with our struggles. Change isn’t simple and it doesn’t occur in a single day, however it’s completely value it. And like many issues relating to psychological well being, this modification occurs one second, one choice at a time.
Now, over to you! How do you suppose our world can regulate the way in which we speak about psychological well being? What are a few of your options? Let me know within the feedback!