Lofty goals for a new year!
In this non-comprehensive series I’ll be taking us through decolonizing perspectives on both traditional mental ‘disorder’ diagnosis, as well as symptoms associated with mental illness and well-being. I’ll also address the dangers of pop psychology.
Together we’ll question:
- How do we define mental illness vs mental health?
- What is comparative suffering and why do we practice it?
- What is resilience and what can society do to reinforce it?
- What does traditional psychology get right and so very wrong about mental health?
- What roles do discrimination, systemic oppression and inter generational trauma play in mental health?
- What is the meaning of encultured codependence and how does it prevent us from achieving world peace? (A concept created by moi.)
- What can we do as individuals and as a society to use a decolonized perspective of mental health to promote collective healing?
- Is there really something wrong with us or are we just having a perfectly acceptable response to perfectly ridiculous conditions? (Hint: you’re perfectly wonderful.)
- How does traditional mental health ostracize…a lot of people?
- What are the gaps in traditional mental health services?
- What are realistic things we can all do to live well in spite of bad stuff?
My guess is, we’ll discover more questions than we answer and hopefully grow along the way.
Each week (or two, I’m still recovering from last year) I’ll post on a new symptom, condition or diagnosis related to mental health. There will be multiple posts for each letter of the alphabet (Admittedly, I fear X, why and Z but, I’m crafty.). As the series gets going, feel free to leave suggestions or requests in the comments.
That being said, while I am a licensed clinician, this series is in no way intended to diagnose or treat anyone’s mental or physical health conditions. This series is intended for philosophical exploration, education and possible entertainment purposes only. Please consult with your own healthcare providers for your treatment needs. Please also know that while I will openly question diagnostic definitions and interventions, I continue to adhere to all ethical codes and practicing laws as part of my commitment to my profession, just like Gabor. I mean he’s a famous doctor who talks openly about taking ayahuasca. I’m a huge fan of his work but I don’t drink pineal punch. I just wanna question authority and love people.
Ready? Set. Go!