Bad Behavior: Beware the trap of mental illness labels

Great article! I reblogged Shauna Aura Knight’s post; I’ll reblog this one too. I know far too many people with mental illness diagnoses not to appreciate the danger of pigeonholing and marginalizing as a result.

~ by Sable Aradia on April 11, 2014.

2 Responses to “Bad Behavior: Beware the trap of mental illness labels”

  1. Indeed, it is a real challenge as a Pagan group leader to try and make space for many people at the table, while also clearly defining what behavior is grounds for removal from a group. Ultimately it’s about the behaviors, not the labels. In my case–the labels of specific mental illness has done more for me to make room for people who were otherwise just labeled “creepy.”

    • It can be a good thing too, I agree! When people understand that someone has Asperger’s (an example you used, and having loved ones with Asperger’s I think it’s a good one) then people don’t take something in the wrong way that is otherwise harmless!

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