Church, what if we think _______ diagnosis isn’t a real thing?

Church, what if we think _______ diagnosis isn’t a real thing?

As one with a “subjective” illness (actually several of them), explaining what I can and can’t do on any given day, feeling the eye rolls as I say I can’t do the stairs today, having someone say “you don’t look sick” a hundred times a year, or that on certain days I can’t eat certain foods… It’s hard. I have often wished I had something like a missing limb as an observable representation of my challenges, something understandable to those on the outside who have not yet experienced, chronic, progressive disease. The physiological and emotional struggles can be hard, but the weight of how others perceive it and communicate verbally and non verbally about it can add an unnecessary added burden that turns to shame. As if I should be ashamed of things I didn’t choose over my life and health. I appreciated this article for it’s clear communication and biblical examples that touch a tender place in me.


shutterstock_149729270May 3rd-9th is Children’s Mental Health Week. Today, Shannon speaks out about the propensity of others to question the legitimacy of a child’s psychiatric diagnosis.

Everybody has that nowadays.

Isn’t that just a checklist thing? I mean, it’s not a real diagnosis, right?

That’s just an excuse for bad behaviors.

That’s so overdiagnosed.

When I was growing up, we didn’t label kids like that, and we did just fine.

I hear these comments often, usually about ADHD,  Asperger’s Disorder and childhood trauma. I’d love to address them, first as a special educator, then as a ministry leader, and finally as a mom.

In this post, I’m going to focus specifically on ADHD, but please keep in mind that these are CERTAINLY not limited to that areas of diagnosis. In my city and at my church, I’ve noticed that people only make such comments with boldness about ADHD. When they make…

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About Syndal Leigh

Avid reader and peppermint tea drinker, softball coach, and crafter who has a love for roasted cauliflower and pizza and is learning the best things in the world are simple, sometimes countercultural, and extraordinarily normal.

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