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What if what you contend with everyday, what the rest of us consider a mental health issue, is really your superpower? Thinking differently from everyone else is often lauded, at least when we look back in history at the people who have shaped our world and changed our understanding of it. When you consider change leaders from all walks of life: the arts, inventors, industry, and even politics, you will find hints that they may be representative of many of today’s mental health diagnoses.

Think about the likes of Andy Warhol, Demi Lovato, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Edvard Munch, Nikola Tesla and Sir Isaac Newton, to consider a few. A recent article I read considered Michelangelo a narcissist, however, the list of symptoms suggested to me he might have fit in somewhere on the Autism spectrum.

I find this concept both incredibly interesting and very successful, especially when helping children, teens and young adults understand who they are and how to “fit in”… by standing out! Many of the things we consider problems in modern society, things that we often try to medicate into submission, may have been underlying themes and motivating factors in many of history’s most notable leaders.

This is not to suggest that there aren’t serious mental health issues, in some cases, that need to be addressed and solved. History is also replete with examples of individuals who did not receive the care they needed and their impact on our world is anything but positive.

I posit that if you must contend with psychological realities that make it hard for you to find your groove or fit into the mold others suggest you should, that building a belief that these differences are in fact your strengths… your superpower… will help you to find a path to realize your better health and happiness.

I look forward to helping you discover your superpower and help you on your path to better health and happiness.