Mental Health Labels – Gotta Catch’em All!!!


Sometimes I feel like mental health disorders are like Pokemon: Gotta catch’em all!!!

Is there a point where collecting mental health labels gets ridiculous and almost humorous? Sometimes I wonder if all the stuff that has been ascribed to me is really wrong with me, and if it is – is it actually just one thing with many different facets?

Here are the mental health diagnoses I have collected to this day (that I know of and can remember):

PDD-NOS (high-functioning autism)
Asperger’s Syndrome (a slightly different form of high-functioning autism lol)
Bipolar Type 2
Major Depressive Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Complex PTSD
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Adjustment Disorder
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
Somatic Disorder
Attachment Disorder

I may be leaving some out or have ones I don’t even know I have in my medical record, but am I getting close to winning this odd, mentally ill game of Pokemon Go yet? I CHOOSE YOU!…

30 responses to “Mental Health Labels – Gotta Catch’em All!!!”

  1. We all have PTSD( all families are dysfunctional) in some way. I have anxiety disorder and do not like crowds, phobias. Do not let People label you. We function despite these. And you function well.:)

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  2. That’s just greedy!
    It can be hard with diagnoses, mental & physical, where symptoms overlap and there’s no clear-cut way of saying whether it’s one thing or another or several.. xx

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  3. I had a bunch of labels slapped on me too. In the long ago past I decided to ignore them! I mean, really, could I be all that and still be here? Nah, it’s okay…we’re good. Keep your chin up lovey, it’s all right.

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  4. I see it as, we need labels in order to be able to communicate on the same page. When I say cold, you know what I mean. When I say sad, you know what I mean. When I say coffee, you know what I mean. It’s important to be able to clearly understand each other. We also label ourselves, sometimes without knowing it. You’re getting ready to go out, look in the mirror, and think, “I look pretty,” or “I look thin,” or whatever… We don’t have to consider labels as good or bad. I just consider them ways to describe in order to understand each other, and what is going on with us, others and the world around us.

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  5. Thanks for this article! It’s nice to find more people with the same advocacy on mental health through starting a conversation. I delivered a speech to college students last Saturday. It’s titled ‘The situation is a lot more nuanced than that: A meditation on mental health through Crazy ex-girlfriend.’ I decided to post a four-part lecture on it on my WordPress page.
    Here is the second part:
    Meanwhile, here’s the first part:

    Thank you for reading my posts and I hope that you give me thoughts on my speech. Follow me too. Be well!

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