ReChanneling is an organization dedicated to alleviating the impact of ‘mental’ disorders (neuroses) through a wellness model of research, program development, and individual support.
The disease or medical model has been the approach towards mental health since the dawning of civilization. It is called the pathographic perspective. Pathography is the history of our suffering. The wellness model focuses, not on our disease and deficits, but on our character strengths, virtues, and achievements. A disorder, condition, or dysfunction is what used to be called a neurosis. A disorder is a common part of natural human development. It is, simply, a condition that negatively impacts our emotional wellbeing and quality of life.
It is important that we understand we are not accountable for our disorder. We did not make it happen. It happened to us. We are, however, responsible for doing something about it if we want to get healthy. Rather than emphasizing what is wrong with us, the wellness model explicitly addresses our character strengths and attributes that generate the motivation and perseverance necessary for recovery. That is how we recover―with pride and self-reliance and determination―with the awareness of what we are capable. A battle is not won by focusing on fear and weakness; it is won by knowing and utilizing our strengths, and attributes. The disease medal focuses on the problem; the wellness model emphasizes the solution.