Its not unusual for a client to announce first thing, when sitting down with me, that they have been diagnosed and labeled as a: “depressed person”, “angry person”, “anxious person”.
Yet when I ask them what THEIR diagnosis of themselves is, they reply:
“I don’t think I really know – it’s true I often GET angry, but does that make me an angry person?” or “I am WORRIED about my relationship and my job, but does that make me an anxious person?”
To help someone who is struggling and unsure of what is going on in themselves, a diagnosis with a “label” is given.
BUT, “labels” are only meant as a guide – a possible reason for why you could be feeling like that.
Don’t let it be a SENTENCING!
When next you receive a diagnosis and a “label”, remember it is ONLY to be received as a STARTING POINT! It’s a place to begin your exploration of the possible source of your struggles.
And who knows – you might even want to come up with your OWN “label”?