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The Power of Labeling

April 17, 20241 min read

There’s this thing called “the clinical illusion.” It means that if a clinician works with people who are having a really hard time day-to-day, say with the diagnosis of schizophrenia, and someone comes in with the same diagnosis who does really well, the clinician may not take them seriously.

In this case, comparison and expectations are the root of more stigma and the demand that the person receiving care prove how healthy they are--unless they’re happy being treated as if they are lying about their health.

What difference does the label of a diagnosis make if the person is functioning well enough to be self-supporting, maintain relationships, contribute to society, and participate in meaningful activities?

Sometimes I think it’s the clinical delusion that causes people to have to fight for who they are.

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Elizabeth Power

Elizabeth Power, M. Ed., CEO of EPower & Associates, Inc. , is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and consultant. EPower & Associates is the parent organization for The Trauma Informed Academy(r). "All we do is help people with change, resilience and self-care, and learning to live trauma responsively. And everything is done from the trauma-informed perspective," she says. "Even courses directly about working with trauma are about change."

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