This week we discuss the importance of changing the way we think, talk and act about mental health. This is my heartfelt intention as so many people suffer in silence with the stigma of discussing a diagnosis or feel shame that words cannot describe if they are going through an emotional rough patch.
I have been using the word neurostyle since 2016 with my clients, on shows, on interviews and when I was honored to be guest speaker on “Nurturing Children’s Mental Health” at the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Medical Society in Dharamshala, India in 10/18.
Scholars, teachers, patients, and influencers have given me feedback that it is a neutral and nonjudgmental way to talk about the way we all process and perceive the world in our own unique way.
Here is this week’s show, Embrace Your NeuroStyle:
” It’s not often that we get to come up with a new word that’s helpful and inspirational. But I think my friend, Dr. Denise, has done it! The word is NEUROSTYLE. And it’s easy to understand.
Dr. Denise defines NeuroStyle as the unique way in which we each process and perceive the world.
So why do I think this word can be transformational? While we are making gains in understanding and talking about the importance of mental health, there’s still so much stigma in our world about the way our minds work. “Oh, he’s bipolar.” “She’s OCD.” It can be destructive and debilitating.
Neurostyle is a fresh way of talking about the “style” with which we process the world around us. Instead of heading into a new relationship and having tell a partner that you’re on medication for anxiety, imagine being able to say, “My neurostyle is that I have more concerns than you do. So I might be cautious about trying that cliff-diving you like, but you’ll come to enjoy my neurostyle and how I’m careful and considerate with your feelings.
Teachers, friends and colleagues can talk about individual neurostyle without judgment. Dr. Denise explains that the names of diagnoses are still important as we all make improvements to our mental health, but hopefully this new word can help young and old as we take on the world around us.”
Emmy Award Winning Cathleen O’Toole, Co-Host of The Dr. Denise Show