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Jul 20 2013

[#FtBCon] Panel: Supporting Freethinkers With Mental Illness

Here it is! As for the “go forth and be wronger!” line….well, I was really tired. It was 1:00 am!

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    CaitieCat, in no way a robot nosireebot

    Oh, I’m so glad this was posted. I wasn’t able to get vertical in time to watch last night, and I was really looking forward to seeing it. Thanks!

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    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    Couldn’t watch it live but maybe I can dump a question here:

    How’s the best way to talk about mental health problems that you don’t have a diagnosis for.
    To give a bit of background: I’ve been in talk-therapy for almost two years and it has done me a lot of good and I think it prevented me from sliding into full-blown depression.
    So, I have only seen a psychologist and not a psychiatrist (who’s the one who’s allowed to diagnose things, at least around here), so I do not have a diagnosis. And sometimes people who are diagnosed say things like “don’t talk about depression when you don’t actually have it”, which I support in principal because being sad is not being depressed. But it also affects me because I don’t have a diagnosis. But to say that I’m not affected by mental illness when I and somebody else just spent two years to get me from not being able to function, to functioning, to being almost well is just not right. When I went from a place where I wondered whether it would be really bad if I just went straight into the wall instead of driving around the corner to a place where I enjoy life.
    And it also affects peole who have not found the courage or possibility to get a diagnosis.
    So, how do you best talk about non-diagnosed mental illness in a way that’s not hurting people with a diagnosis while taking care of yourself at the same time?

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    michaelbusch

    Thank you and all of the other panelists for doing this! It was very well done.
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    And thanks also for archiving everything on YouTube. I’ve already referred it to several people who should have watched it but hadn’t yet.

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    jackal

    Links to Shakesville and Cpt Awkward would be useful.

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