Labels…

A list of diagnoses is just that, a label. A label is nothing more than words. Does it change us? Nope it sure doesnt. Does it make things easier, again no. Does it make people more empathetic towards people who have a label..not at all.. in some sense you could say it makes it worse for that individual. It gives bullies the power to call you a specific name. It gives teachers a way to say oh well this kid will never do anything with their life. Coaches a way to simply and nicely say I dont think this sport is fit for your kid. Well your wrong because that’s all it is, it is a word. It doesn’t define them. I have had many labels throughout my life and they havent made me who I am.

Zequals diagnosis broke down and defined.

au·tism
ˈôˌtizəm/
noun
a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
Tou·rette’s syn·drome
to͝oˈrets ˌsindrōm/
noun
a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary tics and vocalizations and often the compulsive utterance of obscenities.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

is a mental disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), and behaviors that drive them to do something over and over (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts.

ADHD

Is a chronic condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity. ADHD begins in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. As many as 2 out of every 3 children with ADHD continue to have symptoms as adults.

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)

is a mental health disorder that is characterized by repeated episodes of failure to resist aggressive, impulsive, violent behaviors or angry verbal outbursts that are entirely out of proportion to the situation and often involve serious assaults or destruction of property.po

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) also known as multiple personality disorder, is a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring personality states

Global Developmental Delay (GDD) is the general term used to describe a condition that occurs during thedevelopmental period of a child between birth and 18 years. It is usually defined by the child being diagnosed with having a lower intellectual functioning than what is perceived as ‘normal’.

See that’s just some of his “labels” he has smaller ones like anxiety, mood disorder. But adding them to the main list would it make you look at him and say ohhh that makes it better?! Nope. But when you see these words, labels.. that’s all you see.. no one can seem to see look past these words.. because yes these are his disabilities.. but they dont define him. These disabilities are words and only show the not so good things, the things people get held up on.

These labels make “ok” for those to stereotype him to say oh he is autistic so that means hes weird, oh hes globally developmental delay oh so hes dumb, or he has explosive disorder so that obviously makes him a physco, oh wait theres identity disorder so hes crazy?!?!

The answer to all those questions are absolutely not!!! No way!!! They are words. But when you put a label on something it takes away from the things his labels dont show. That he is smart, creative, passionate, caring, humble, funny, stuborn ,my kid!!!!!

Labels dont define a person, but they can make it easier for uneducated people to form an opinion about someone from just words on a piece of paper. Before ever meeting and getting to know them.

Zeq doesnt deserve that nor does any other person who has been labeled disabled. Disabled is not a death sentence. A piece of paper doesnt make them who they are, they do!!

For the ones who have no words, the ones who dont understand ignorant people. I have words, I understand, i will stand up for each of you!

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