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Should I Fill Out The Health Section On The Form?

Ever tell someone, a friend, an employer or social group you are dealing with a diagnosis on the mental health spectrum?  Did you get comforting words? Did you get compassion and loving support? Or did you get a rude awaking?

Once a peer shared with me, not long ago, what happened when they joined a martial arts class.  There was a form to join and guess what it had on it? A mental health box.  The peer shared, “When it got to the health section I thought I would be honest and check mental health box.”

This is a tricky subject. Since it is about you and your health and we want to be honest, but when the people getting the information are ignorant to our plight, this can trigger some real negative symptoms.

Here’s what the teacher of the martial arts class replied to our peer.  The person who teaches violence and gets paid for it (yes I know, it’s violence for defense, but it is still violence). He sees the check on the mental health box and asks our peer what their condition is and when they told him, he worries and his discrimination seems obvious.

The martial arts teacher says: “It’s fine as long as you don’t come to class wielding an ax or anything like that!”

What do you think about this? Would you check the box? How would you reply if this happened to you?

It could happen to you!

Should I Fill Out The Health Section On The Form?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2019). Should I Fill Out The Health Section On The Form?. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 3, 2020, from


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