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Re: what's in a diagnosis?

Posted by Christ_empowered on November 13, 2017, at 11:17:58

In reply to Re: what's in a diagnosis?, posted by Lamdage22 on November 13, 2017, at 2:14:51

hi, lamdage.

there's...a lot going on in my community. labels, stigma, social class issues, etc. I'm not a member of this community, and I probably never will be. As much as I hate the label "schizophrenia"--not just for me, but for anyone, really (its so stigmatizing)--in my case, the label provides a bit of "breathing room."

Its like, my parents have more resources and status. I'm thankful. When I was in private practice treatment, etc. they had high-ish prestige jobs, middle class resources. Now, I'm in state/community treatment (covered by disability, btw), and they have the high(er) prestige careers, plus more resources.

So...basically, I'm labeled 'Schizophrenic,' but the label doesn't have the same effect on me as it would if I was poor or if my parents were still "rinky dink middle class." a "mental patient" from a "good family" apparently gets more freedom (no hospitalization, involuntary treatment, etc.), although I still "get no respect," like Rodney Dangerfield or something, lol.

I guess its just the nature of being a "mental patient" anywhere, but especially in the US. social status (yours and/or your family's...) plays a -big- role in what sort of "treatment" is provided, right down the labels/diagnoses one ends up with.




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