One of the biggest ‘mis’-conceptions about mental health is that there is a common ‘conception’ against which we can apply the ‘mis’. (Interesting, we use the word “misconception” a lot but “conception”, not so much. Kind of like discombobulate, discriminate or Mississippi. We never say ‘combobulate’, criminate’ or ‘Sissippi’). As complex as the brain is I find it virtually impossible to pinpoint the moment behavior transgresses from ‘normal’ to ‘abnormal’.
Consider anxiety for a moment. Isn’t anxiety something we all feel at some point? Yet – in some situations it’s accepted, if not expected, and in others it’s not.
Take a few moments and watch this TED talk. Please. You’ll find a woman sharing her unique relationship with anxiety and giving permission, I hope, for everybody to accept their own.