Here is my disclaimer. Please be honest in what you think.
First off let me start this book with a disclaimer. I do NOT, have a degree in anything, least of all psychology, but then again, I really don’t believe in most that do.
I say this because I’ve been challenged in the past for my book, Lost Inside, about what gives me the right to give advice to people with depression, bipolar, or other mental issues. That my advice is dangerous to them because I’m not a psychologist.
Well, what gives you the right? Just because you have a piece of paper that gives you a title? Now I said MOST earlier because when speaking with those who have challenged me I ask, “Do you have depression, bipolar, or any other mental issues you treat?” Usually the answer is, “No.”
You use phrases like, I understand, I know what you’re going through, and I see but in actuality you do not. How can you “understand” how I’m feeling if you’ve never felt it before? How can you “know what I’m going through,” if you yourself have never been through it? How can you “see” what I’m talking about if you’ve never experienced it? Simply put, you can’t! You can guess at it, but you will never know.
But you think you know better than me because you have a degree and I don’t. Well all I can say to that is, would you mind if I wipe my ass with that piece of paper, cause to me that’s all it’s worth.
With that stated, all I have left to offer those who have these mental issues is my voice. I can only speak to what I feel and what I have been through. If you feel the same, have experienced what I have experienced, then by all means share my words. I know the hardest thing to do is express how you feel to someone who has no idea how you feel. My goal is to build a bridge between those two worlds and offer understanding to those who truly do not understand.
These are my emotions, my experiences, my joys, my pains, my own words. I hope you find them helpful.
NOT a psychologist