To Label or Not to Label, That is The Question !!! |

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20 February 2014
Self Worth
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For years there has been an ongoing debate over the pros and cons in regards to the effects of labeling individuals with mental health disorders/disabilities.  From a therapist stand point, labeling is essential. It helps in defining the condition/ disorder which aids in ensuring proper treatment measures are taken. It provides insight for the individual as well; once you know what existing condition you have, you can develop a treatment plan to help reduce and/or alleviate symptoms. Once you have a diagnosis additional services (free) may be available to you. Labeling/diagnosis also aids in communicating with other mental health care professionals. Labeling is also necessary for insurance payment purposes.  Some cons of labeling are: it can hold a lifelong stigma. Once a diagnosis has been made, some individuals may feel that they are being treated differently; especially within the school system. Some individuals may feel that they are entitled to additional services/assistance due to a diagnosis that may be unwarranted. Some individuals may decide that due to their diagnosis there are limits to what they can do before they ever try.  I personally feel that labeling accents what and not the who of a person. You maybe suffering from bipolar disorder but having this disorder should not be the only thing that defines who you are as a person. We are all human and have some commonalities.

So what do you think, to label or not to label?

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Thenessa, an LPC-Intern, is a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling program at Amberton University under the supervision of Megan R. Lee, LPC-S. Thenessa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Biology from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.

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One response on “To Label or Not to Label, That is The Question !!!

  1. I think only if it is necessary, to label someone. I do think in the medical field and therapy it is needed, but I think as a person goes out and tries new things or even applies for a job, I believe sometimes with everyone knowing what you have been labeled as may hinder the outcome.

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