More recent controversy about ADD ADHD – about the harm of “labeling”.
Is there a difference between a label and a diagnosis?
Boy, when I got a label I grabbed it and held on – “Oh, I have ADD! Now I understand why all the index cards, why I couldn’t make model planes, why I killed the pregnant guppy.”
It was such a relief to make sense of it, and it gave me a more focused approach to making things better once I knew what I was dealing with.
Everyone is labeled, automatically
When I worked in the emergency room, I taught that everyone gets labelled but we can chose with what: “He’s not the suicidal patient; he’s the temporarily unemployed carpenter.” or “He’s not the neglectful father, he’s the hardworking fisherman.”
Then we would use metaphors from the labels to work with people.
“I’m not the guy who never finishes things; I’m the guy who is learning to cope successfully with ADD.”
From Oren on labeling: