My new book, 'Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional' is scheduled for release March 13, 2012 by Random House.
How times change. Over the past 20 years, psychiatry and the mental health field have gone from being stigmatized to glamorized as we try to cram everyone into a mental health box called "normal." This expands the abnormal universe to include almost everyone! We tell them not to worry, there's a pill that will make them "normal" just like everyone else.
The truth is, psychiatric conditions don't come with an On/Off switch, but rather occur along a continuum. High levels of any given trait can represent a severe psychiatric diagnosis that requires medication.
However, in small to medium doses, these very same traits can represent your greatest strengths. Build your life around your traits, rather than medicating them into oblivion, and remember this: If you try to please everyone and conform to the norm, you lose your uniqueness and hence, your greatness. Click here to learn more or order