How have we come to be so dependent on labels? It saddens me that we have developed such a complex mythology of conditions.

ADHD, ODD, ANOREXIA, ADDICTION, BI-POLAR, CRIMINAL the list goes on and on and on and on and………All these names and labels do is describe a presentation. It breaks down how someone appears, it tells us very little about how they came to present the behaviour.

It would like describing an asthmatic by their wheeze, rather than seeing that there are a number of things that can trigger the wheeze.

Usually these labels are given to those least able to speak up for themselves. For example, our children, the uneducated and those who have had such a tough time growing up that all they can manage is to bounce along the bottom of our culture, unable to get a handle on how to compete in this capitalist jungle.

Whatever intervention I offer in my work this week, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Mindfulness, Psychodrama, Person Centered Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Solution Focused Therapy, Integrative Therapy or Family Therapy, the next time I come across a child with a label I will understand that this young person is probably unhappy and misunderstood. I will also be aware that they are probably lost in a world of “experts” keen to prove all their “hypotheses” correct and keen to deal with what they say rather that how they feel.