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Dear Mr. Risk,

Here’s how deep I’m willing to go.

I may suffer from “anxiety” and “depression,” but I’m still a “Queen.”

Labels are funny things. They can be good or bad depending on how they’re used. I like the organic label on my food. I dislike labels that increase a person’s suffering.

I had to study the diagnostic manual of mental disorders to become a therapist.

It’s important to know how to diagnose & treat someone, yet it’s been shown that we, kids especially, see ourselves the way that others see us. Not only that, studies show that when a person is labeled they’re seen in an exaggerated form of that label.

Therefore, we must see each other through the eyes of love.

Do the labels you use uplift you?

You cannot fit me into one box! My God given fire will burn it up!

I was an artist before I was a healer. Creatives are sensitive & intuitive. Many creatives get slapped with labels that become part of a wounded identity.

The LGBT community has statistically higher levels of education & income, yet we also have higher levels of substance abuse & suicide. Is it the label and the effects of condescending pigeonholing on the psyche? Research says yes.

I’ve had depression that runs way deeper than I’m willing to go, but each time it passes I know even stronger that I am here as a channel of love until my dying day.

The point is, creativity can cause anxiety. Sensitivity can lead to depression. Not fitting into a mainstream box can cause insecurity and life on Earth can be downright trying! Yet life, creativity, and sensitivity are spiritual gifts & incredible assets.

Even more to the point, we are love in spite of, because of, and regardless of the fact that we get anxious & depressed.

Peace.

 

 

Heather Hans, LCSW, MSW, MBA, CPIC, is a Visionary, Healer & Teacher, and the author of The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with ConfidenceIt is Heather's firm belief that loving oneself is necessary to have fulfilling relationships and a successful life.  Join Heather’s 30-Day confidence challenge at avanoo.com