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There is No Shame in Getting Help

New video series from Operation Survival: "I was diagnosed with mental illness. Can I live a normal life?" David Schwartz, Psy.D., LCSW answers. Full Story, Video

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I dont think so...
June 5, 2019 12:36 pm

From the letters and sichos and yechidus meetings….I dont think this is the Rebbe’s approach…the Rebbe viewed people in a positive light free of unshakable labels and the Rebbe saw everyone’s potential as if there was nothing else…

Naive
Reply to  I dont think so...
June 5, 2019 1:56 pm

From your comment it seems like you have not had experiences with people with severe mental health issues. It seems that Dr. Schwartz laid out several options of things that help people, not only medications.
If someone has diabetes, you don’t tell them “Just make more insulin and it will be alright.” When someone has mental illness, you can’t say to them, “just learn more Chassidus, and it will be alright.”

Confused
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June 5, 2019 2:11 pm

Are you suggesting the Rebbe did not recognize the existence of mental illnesses? And that the Rebbe did not advise people to get professional help for their mental illnesses?

Its Real
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June 5, 2019 6:53 pm

Mental illness is real and it does need to be treated professionally the only thing is that nowadays when there are marital issues or when there are other issues the go to answer is that person has mental illness and it’s overused and the term is abused and misused and people don’t even know what it really is

Novel
June 5, 2019 1:37 pm

I wrote a fictional novel about a bochur who experiences the onset of mental illness while away in yeshiva. I wrote this book so that the families and community could understand the struggles an innocent person with mental illness deals with and hopefully move them to the side of empathy and support instead of shame and stigma.
It’s a very truthful and exciting read and im yirtze hashem will be available by Chanukah from Menucha Publishers

"So am i!"
June 5, 2019 1:44 pm

Therefore everyone should say that on a date?????
I’d be cautious if i were you!
Every case is obviously different.
But on a lighter note, i thought it was a funny story! But yes! Miracles do happen! In shiduchim.

Diagnosed?
June 5, 2019 2:23 pm

What does this word mean?
It can be quite dangerous…

Because one person thinks something about “person A” based on secular knowledge that constantly changes “person A” has to live under the umbrella name of some diagnosis…

I think this is very dangerous

Well said
Reply to  Diagnosed?
June 5, 2019 7:38 pm

These professionals if taken too seriously can ruin people’s lives for no reason and the Hasidic Community needs to be aware that this is not the path that we have been set on as a first resource

TO well said:
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June 6, 2019 1:39 pm

Dr Schwartz is a Chabad Chassid and an orthodox Jew. More importantly, he is an excellent therapist. You should consider seeing him for your anxiety issues.

Just a yid
June 5, 2019 5:11 pm

Thank you for the inspiring and beautiful story. There is nothing wrong with receiving help for mental illness. People who are physical ill seek help without judgement. People who have mental illness should be able to seek help without judgement. Having a mental illness is not a label. It is a fact. It allows to person to seek treatment based on their diagnosis. Years ago, we would say that a person is mentally ill. Today we say, the person has mental illness. They are larger than the diagnosis. There is more to them than the illness. We need to be… Read more »

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