Perhaps it is better to think of needing treatment for mental health as the same as needing glasses, or a hearing aid, or an orthotic shoe. There is nothing shameful or wrong about these needs. We can’t control the fact that we are different from everyone else. We can’t control the fact that we need a little bit of help to feel well.
Why do we think we have any real control over our emotions? Some of our emotions are trained into us. We are taught to behave and react in certain ways, some of which aren’t that useful. We get that from our parents. What if some of our neural pathways are different from others for the same reason? Forget nature versus nurture. They both have an effect.
What if we aren’t to blame for feeling afraid or angry or hesitant? What if that is just the way we are? What if we stop trying to define these feelings as “bad” and we just accept them for what they are?
There is a big push for neural diversity acceptance these days, and it usually refers to people who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s or Autism. What if we extend that to include all forms of mental health? What if we start to understand that we are all different, and that is healthy and normal?