Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Sometimes you just need to get help....

In the course of trying to understand what it means to be an HSP, I have met a lot of other HSPs-- through discussion groups, message boards, mailing lists, and so forth. I have made some wonderful friends in the process and maybe-- just maybe-- I've been able to help a few people "find their way."

However, I have also found it distressing that a large number of people choose to "pathologize" the fact that they are HSP. I understand the great flow of emotions that come with discovering that this odd feeling you've had for so many years actually "has a name." And I think that's great! But.... being HSP is not a "condition" or a "disorder." What's more, it's not "treatable." And because it's not a condition, there is also little purpose in "hiding" behind being an HSP, and using it as the "reason" why everything in your life isn't the way you want it to be.

Please understand that I am not trying to "blame the victim," here-- actually, I'm just trying to draw your attention to the fact that being an HSP does not make you a "victim," at all! If you're feeling depressed, or you find it impossible to go out and be among people-- don't blame it on being an HSP. Understand how your sensitivity might affect the way your body reacts to given situations-- but then go out and get treatment for your Depression, or your Social Anxiety. You sensitivity is not a "blanket exemption" that excuses you from having to do the same self-improvement work as the rest of the world. A mental health issue is a mental health issue-- and sometimes you just have to get help!

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