#ItsNotAllInYourHead – a way to speak up when physical issues are called psychological

sadness-lightning-solitude-manWe have a real problem in medicine, these days (actually, we have a lot of them, but this is the one I’m talking about now). And we have a real problem in psychology. The problem is, actual physiological issues, actual medical conditions which are not fully understood, are being labeled psychosomatic — somatic problems which are created by psychological distress.

Use the  hashtag for Twitter, Facebook — and anywhere hashtags are used — to call out the examples of practitioners’ misuse of psychology to explain away symptoms, and mis-diagnosis of genuine physiological issues as mental health ones.

If you add comments to this space beginning with #itsnotallinyourhead and a title — like  My Doctor Told Me the Pain from Cancer Was Due to Emotional Distress — and then follow it with a brief description, I’ll post it to this blog, so the title gets picked up by Twitter, and people can share it on Facebook with the hashtag intact.

It may not solve the problem, but we can certainly make a point.

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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