False Psychiatric Labeling: 4 Tips to
Saving Domestic Violence Survivor’s Sanity
by Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D.
What you resist persists. You may be familiar with how true this statement is and how it has manifested in your life. I especially see it in the lives of battered women who tell me that their partner says they are bipolar, borderline or an addict of sorts...
And then they go around trying to disprove it from a place of vulnerability, only to lend credibility to that which is alleged. On some level, it appears that they themselves have bought into the belief that they are indeed as their partner suggests.
They will show signs of the symptoms characteristic of the condition or disorder even when they don’t fulfill the diagnostic criteria. And these symptoms may even be magnified as they attempt to dispute what others are saying about them.
They go round and round, wearing the “crazy hat” and taking it off. There are other ways of dealing with being told you are mentally ill that will serve your best interest, rather than compromise it.
1) Know what is being said about you and, as much as you can, about what it means.
2) Know it’s ONLY being said, and that doesn’t make it true.
3) Recognize the agenda of the person making the allegations and understand why it is being said about you.
4) Secure the help of a professional that is knowledgeable about psychological diagnosis and domestic violence.
If you are a domestic violence survivor struggling to refute what an abusive partner is attempting to establish about you, take a deep breath and enjoy a sigh of relief because you can. You do not have to become a condition or disorder simply because you are improperly labeled as such.
You have other options and the sooner you exercise these options, the less likely you will be to become that which is being alleged. For information about Crazy Making Legal-Psychiatric Abuse, visit http://www.preventabusiverelationships.com/crazy_making.php. Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D. helps domestic violence survivors maintain and protect their mental health. Copyright 2009 Jeanne King, Ph.D.
Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D. – Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention
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