Winning the sanity battle

Quaker saying: “The whole world is crazy, except thee and me.”  Actually, thee and me are crazy lots of the time also.

Are you sane or insane?

I was a mental health professional and for nearly 15 years I directed mental health crisis teams before, during, and after 9/11.  The primary question my teams had to answer was “Does this person need to be in protective custody?”  Not that we said that: the politically correct question was “Does this person need to be in a psychiatric hospital?”

In order to reach this decision we conducted  a Mental Status Examination using criteria set forth in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  The DSM has recently been overhauled and many question the changes. Many more also question the idea that  there is such a thing as diagnosable mental illness. I don’t. Although I think diagnosing a mental illness is more of an art than a science, I believe accurately figuring out whether or not a person is struggoing more than most has advantages particularly for those who are at the more serious end of the continuum of sane versus insane.

Emotional Fitness Thoughts

In time, I stopped thinking of myself as a therapist and founded Emotional Fitness Training, Inc. Why? Because we all walk a narrow line between sanity and insanity.  This means all need help staying emotionally strong what I call emotionally fit.

However,  the stigma attached to mental illness  keeps many from seeking support or help for emotional problems.  I hoped the idea of emotional fitness would gain the same popularity as  physical fitness.

Knowledge is power, so one of my strategies has been to share my professional knowledge. Toward that end, here is an Emotional Fitness Snapshot that provides a rough idea of your level of emotional fitness.   As with all EFTI tests, these are not research based, but intended to help you think more deeply about things.

Check list to determine your emotional fitness

Needless to say, if you are feeling suicidal and have any plans to kill yourself, you need an immediate mental health evaluation.  One is also indicated if you scored 21 or below  over the course of several days. Do not let stigma keep you from doing all you need to do to live the good life.

If you scored five in all categories, you are lying, delusional or the Dalai Lama.  No human is that strong. We all need support, coaching, therapy, or even medication to deal with the harsh side of life.

STay Strong

Life is a wondrous struggle and for many of us a roller coaster ride with highs and lows.  A daily Emotional Fitness strengthening strengthens you to endure the bad and enjoy the good. If you are new to the idea of emotional fitness exercises visit this blog page: Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises to get started  improving your emotional intelligence.

Thank you all for all you do to care and share with others. Doing a little matters a lot.


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Quotation Poster dealing with definitions of insane.

This post was inspired by this Daily Prompt: She Drives Me Crazy  It makes me crazy when people wear their shoes in my house. What habit/act drives you crazy? How do you prevent it from happening? Obviously, the stigma attached to emotional suffering is one of the bees in my bonnet.







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  3. Hi Katherine,
    I imagine you to be an exceptionally wise, calm, non-judgmental person. You write with such a balanced approach. Reading your blogs is like eating a delicious healthy meal.
    Thanks for sharing the chart. You are certainly an expert.

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