What is a Disorder?

Our disorder is facilitated by our mind, body, spirit, and emotions working in concert.


Mental illness has been attributed to supernatural forces, demonic possession. the humours , lunar influence, emotions, sorcery, and witchcraft. In the 20th century, it was somatogenic,  psychogenic, and pharmacological. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders leans towards environmental and biological causes. To maintain homeostasis, all components of the human being must work in concert; they cannot function alone. ‘Complementarity’ is mutual simultaneous interaction; integrality incorporates the environmental and social fields. A disorder is not biologic, hygienic, neurochemic, or psychogenic, but a collaboration of models administered by the mind, body, spirit, and emotions (MBSE) working in concert.

DSM-III abandoned the word neurosis in 1980 but it remains the go-to term in the mental health community. Neurosis was defined as “a relatively mild mental illness that is not caused by organic disease, involving symptoms of stress [depression, anxiety, obsessive behavior, hypochondria] but not a radical loss of touch with reality (psychosis).” Let us examine that definition more closely. First, the word relatively means in comparison to something else. A mild mental illness compared to what? The bubonic plague? Second, who determines that it is a mild mental illness? Certainly, not those impacted by it. 

If our disorder impacts our emotional wellbeing and quality of life, then it is serious, and congress defines serious mental illness as a “functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.” (And if anyone knows more about serious mental illness, it is the U. S. Congress.)

We all have disorders. They come in different intensities and affect each of us individually. There are at least nine clinical types of depression, five significant forms of anxiety, and four types of obsessive-compulsive disorder; their impacts can be mild, moderate, or severe. Some people adapt quite nicely and get on with their lives. Others incorporate it into their personalities―the cranky boss, clinging partner, temperamental neighbor. We designed this Blog for those of us whose lives are negatively impacted by their complication. 

Two things you must understand and accept as we go forward. You are not alone; you are in the majority. Every statistic in the world supports that. Most importantly, IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT! Disorders and their symptoms generally infect during childhood and adolescence.

Research shows that the onset of most disorders (if not all) happens to adolescents who have experienced detachment, exploitation, and or neglect, whether the cause is hereditary, environmental, or the result of some traumatic event. Environmental can refer to your school, your upbringing, your peers―anything that negatively affected you, intentional or not, factual, or perceived.

Anything that interferes with a child’s social development is detrimental to adolescent and adult emotional health. In any case, it is not your fault. It may not be anyone’s fault. It just happened.  The cumulative evidence that childhood and adolescent occasions and events are the primary causal factor in lifetime emotional instability has been well-established.

This exploitation interferes with the optimal physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child. Most importantly, it affects our self-esteem, which administrates all our positive self-qualities (self-respect, -reliance, -compassion, -worth, and so on). These are the intangible qualities that make up our character, our goodness, our spirit. Our emotions are reactive to―and, in turn, impact―our body, mind, and spirit. They all work together in concert. If one is affected, all are affected. 

Again, it is crucial to recognize we are not responsible for our disorder. Quite possibly, no one is at fault. Playing the blame game only distracts from the solution: What are we going to do about it?

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