Virtually nearly every uncomfortable experience known to humankind now qualifies for a psychiatric label.
The label says nothing about what caused your distress.
Practically when you are talking to someone to identify and work on the source of your distress, the label is totally unneccessary. If the system was honest and the providers and clients were allowed to be honest - the labels would meaningfully describe the real-life problems and issues that are being addressed,that may include: -Feeling overwhelmed by lifes responsibilities -Feeling lonely, empty
-Worries about finances, bills, work
-Coping with physical health concerns -An unsafe environment
The fact is that life is challenging and difficult. People can and should be able to access the support of another human being when needed the most.
In hard times we all deserve access to others with the experience and wisdom to help us navigate life challenges in a meaningful way.
Research shows that 90% of public mental health clients are trauma survivors.
Does your doctor ask about trauma?
Do they screen or rule out natural sources of human distress?
Do they see if the symptoms stem from a biological cause?
Its highly doubtful that anyone should hold the power to label another human being.
Can we ask the person what they think is the problem and how we can help them?
People need to feel listened to, people need to interact, to be respected, cared for and feel valued.
We have to give people hope.
We are not "mental", we are humans who experience emotions. No labelling needed.