You Are Not a Gallbladder
My friend, Leland Heller, M.D., from Okeechobee, Florida, gives some intriguing and worthwhile thoughts in his approach to dealing with people who have physical or mental difficulties. He points out that the person who says, "I am depressed," or "I am ADD," sets him- or herself up for an ongoing series of problems.
He humorously points out that he has never heard anyone say, "I am a gallbladder," or "I am a liver." His observation is that if you are something, you can't really reconcile or change that. On the other hand, if you have something, there is something you can specifically do about it. So, instead of saying, "I am depressed," it's more logical and beneficial to say, "I am feeling a little low today." Dr. Heller points out that many people who say they are depressed are actually simply disgusted. He emphasizes there obviously are people who are clinically depressed, but most of the time, it's feelings of disgust and/or frustration that are the problem and not depression itself.
Dr. Heller is a great believer in self-talk, and when he deals with patients -- young or old -- with specific problems like borderline personality disorder, rejection sensitivity or obsessive-compulsive behavior, he treats them medically with Prozac or some other pharmaceutical of choice. He also gives them some positive self-talk phrases to use and encourages them to read inspirational books and listen to inspirational tapes.
Dr. Heller, Dr. Forest Tennant and others believe that motivation can make up for some chemical shortages. Dr. Heller also believes that motivation will help alleviate rejection sensitivity as well as the fear of public speaking. This gives a person considerably more confidence.
I encourage you, regardless of your physical, mental or emotional condition, to see your physician and then read inspirational books and listen to inspirational audio, and I'll see you at the top!
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