Stephanie Hurlburt
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Something I've been thinking about a lot for the past year is what we choose to pathologize and the impacts of pathologizing something.

Framing something as an illness or disorder or symptom has wide-reaching implications. That framing can even be the source of the problem!

I first thought about it after reading this book. She focuses on how in sex research, pathologizing & shaming natural aspects of sexuality and our bodies creates problems only solvable by acceptance and rejecting the notion that these are problems at all.  https://www.amazon.com/Come-You-Are-Surprising-Transform/dp/1476762090 

It also comes up in dialectical behavior therapy-- there is a healing philosophy of "radical acceptance." Taking a step back to just fully accept things as they are and working within that framework instead of the mindset of always trying to change them.  https://hopeway.org/blog/radical-acceptance 

It's natural to want to change. But maybe I don't have to change because the current state of who I am is diseased. Maybe I don't have to be neurotypical, maybe I don't have to follow a normal path or think/feel a standard way. I can be different without being labeled disordered.

It's a tricky topic because with increase in mental health awareness (which is great!) I see diagnoses and labels being thrown around. But I kind of no longer see my C-PTSD as a disorder, and more like neurodiversity and diversity of experiences that make me different and wiser.


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