NLP Therapy & Coaching
Sylvia Guest

Sessions Via Skype™/Phone or
Kaeo Clinic by appointment
(Northland, New Zealand)

 

Sessions Via Skype™/Phone
or Kaeo Clinic by appointment
(Northland, New Zealand)

NLP Therapy & Coaching
Sylvia Guest

Empowering you to choose

  • sylvia@morebetter.co.nz
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  • 09 393 0156
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  • 022 076 3734

NLP Therapy & Personal Coaching
Sylvia Guest

Empowering you to choose


 

Sessions Via Skype™/Phone
or Kaeo Clinic by appointment

(Northland, New Zealand)

Mental Illness

What if mental illness is just a label?

“Mental illness, of course, is not literally a ‘thing’ - or physical object - and hence it can ‘exist’ only in the same sort of way in which other theoretical concepts exist.”

Thomas Szasz 1920-2012
Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst.

Certain symptoms or sets of symptoms are grouped together to diagnose - or label - "mental illness". What if instead of concentrating on the label we look at the symptoms as the result of brilliantly created coping mechanisms, developed to ensure survival?

What if we recognise that these coping mechanisms might now be outdated? That with guidance, knowledge, respect, and utilisation of their underlying creative brilliance, the person experiencing the symptoms can adopt more resourceful ways of living. Ways of being happy, healthy, productive, and socially connected.

What then?

 

Book an appointment now to discover how your creative brilliance can give you more of what you want and better ways of experiencing life.

 

More about labels: Baking Soda, Muesli Bars - and symptoms

So what is the value of a label? To tell you what’s inside the packaging and what you can do with it. Let’s see how well that works:

 

Baking soda

Baking Soda is soda you bake with, right?

Well, yes – and also mix with vinegar to clean just about anything; dissolve in water and drink to settle an iffy stomach; add to sugar and golden syrup to create that magical concoction called hokey pokey; mix with fragrant ingredients to make fizzing bath bombs…  

In fact googling “baking soda uses” got 7,260,000 hits. The seven results on the first page alone outlined hundreds of uses ranging from personal care to saving the planet – and not one mentioned baking.

It is just so much more than its label.

unusual baking soda uses

Muesli bars

And what about muesli bars? The label includes (we hope) the ingredients list, and gives us some idea of whether we might want to eat the product. But we don’t really know until we take the first bite, and experience the unique combination and ratio of ingredients that make up that particular muesli bar.

three muesli bars

Symptoms

And so it is with the wide-ranging sets of symptoms that make up a diagnosis of mental illness. Like the muesli bar, each person with this label is unique, each put together differently, every one overcoming different challenges in different ways and receiving different rewards. And like the baking soda, each person is so much more than their medical label.

13 people holding signs spelling the word individuality

 

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