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Positivity

November 26, 2019

 

Yeah.

I mean, I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but come on.

My dentist was trying to tell me recently that autistic and anxious children not having the capacity to attend school (I try and avoid the usual terming of 'school refusal') is a simple matter of saying to oneself in the morning:

"I AM GOING TO HAVE A GREAT DAY!".

*sigh*

Anxiety, depression, trauma, autism, mental illness, these are all diagnosable differences in brain wiring, chemistry and structure.

If they were remedied with positive thinking then they wouldn't be diagnosable conditions now would they?

I am all for positivity, but I do share the challenges associated with being autistic because hey..it's a disability.

I've also seen positivity used as a form of denial that only prolongs a person's burnout and of course, a form of gaslighting and completely dismissing a person's very real experience of difficulty.

Positivity is a wonderful thing but if our reality is so challenging that we need to pretend everything is great all of the time, then it might be worth reimagining our lives, or taking a look at how we can be supported.

There is no shame or failure in not feeling positive all the time.

ETA: I really love my dentist! We just have different life experiences and it's okay, we speak freely about them.

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