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Re: Hurtful diagnoses

Posted by backseatdriver on January 14, 2009, at 15:03:42

In reply to Hurtful diagnoses, posted by yellowbird01 on January 13, 2009, at 19:03:36

These names really do hurt. They're feel like maledictions, in a way. Curses. The words go under the skin and lodge there. And once there, it can be very hard to get them out.

Being "thick-skinned" is a great defense if one can muster it -- but if I myself could muster it with any regularity, I doubt I'd be in therapy.

I wish therapists would stop using these words. But they can't seem to give them up. Sometimes I think diagnoses are transitional objects for therapists. They use them when they don't know what else to say, yet feel compelled (always a bad sign) to say something.




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