WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE! Mental Health and Us!

Dont Label My Kid! ( Or Me! )

Well, it is a question that begs an answer. With so many possibilities on the clinician’s ipad (DSM V) these days, one must wonder how to set limits when diagnosing a person. Don’t we have an obligation to really measure what is behavioral, familial, and what is a mental health issue? I think we have more than an obligation, we have a duty and a call to make sure we point the finger at the appropriate culprit. Many times, actually many hundreds of times I have worked with teens or adults that were very quick to tell me about their DSM diagnoses. They seemed almost glad to share their perceived limitations with me, and wanted validation from another clinician like myself for some reason. Hmm, after thinking on it for a minute, I began to question many things, not just their diagnoses. The other issues in their life and the…

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I am a social worker and family coach for 20+ years. I have had around 50 foster kids , worked in every and any type of facility from juvenile centers to clinical treatment centers to schools for expelled youth . I've been successful with starting schools for violent offenders , training hospital staff , entire counties of public school teachers, parents and many more on behavior management and helping families in trouble . I have been honored to speak on many occasions and to teach professionals what is wrong with our systems for kids and adults, and how I was able to have successful outcomes in all the programs that I ran. And yes- I do have all the accolades and awards and pats on the back from high places and degrees but I'm not in this for that recognition. I appreciate the acknowledgement I've received over the years, but I don't even have an " I love me" wall in the office..so I don't even know where those things are anymore ..LOL I have lived a hard life myself and grew up in a very violent and abusive home. My family Is filled with depression , addiction and suicide. I also have had to navigate my way through these areas . I use my own experience to help others. I hope you will join the awesome people who follow me and share their stories. This Is a place to come to keep it real. We all struggle . So on this site we keep it legit. No judgement. What are you waiting for? Follow! tj

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