With Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, or any other physical illness, we try to identify it, and start treatment as soon as possible. The progression of the disease, or issue, is known as the stage.

What Are Stages?


I'm sure you have heard this before, "He has stage 1 Cancer". "She has Stage 4 Alzheimers". 

What in the world are Stages? 

Stages are just progressions of any disease. To put in simply, it is how bad the disease has become. It gives doctors an idea of how aggressive they need to be with the treatments they prescribe. For example, when a doctor tackles a disease in stage 1, the treatment for it might be pretty mild and non evasive. The treatment for a condition that is in Stage 2 would be a little more aggressive. The higher the stage (Progression) of the diseases, the more aggressive the treatment will become. 

Stage 1 is when the disease is just starting out and just starting to take hold. It is also known as early stage, or pre-stage. This is where we want to catch Cancer, Diabetes, or whatever the issue is.

In this stage, we have the best chance of being able to cure it. Think of Stage 1 like that old saying of "Heading someone off at the pass". This saying came out of the 1800's and early 1900's in the old west where bad guys would rob banks, then ride out of town and through a mountain pass. Once the bad guys got through this pass, there was little chance of catching them. 

The good guys (The law and posse) would ride off and try to catch these bad guys before they got to the mountain pass and could escape.  Hence the saying;

 "We are going to head them off at the pass"


Heading off Physical Issues at the Pass

Stage 1 is like trying to head the disease off at the pass. 

Once the disease gets through the mountain pass, the chances of catching it and curing it go down dramatically.

Each phase, or stage, is a progression of the disease. The higher the number of the stage, the more unlikely it is that the disease can be caught and cured.

It can take 10 years or more for a disease or illness, to progress from stage 1 to stage 4. 

(Every illness is different. Some take longer to progress and some take less. The 10 years we are using is just an example.)

If you catch that physical illness at the beginning of this 10 year period, there is a much higher chance that it can be caught and cured before it gets to the later part of the 10 year stretch.

Often by the time the illness has reached the end of this 10 year stretch, it is too late and there is nothing that can be done. The bad guys have got through the mountain pass and are gone!!

(There is always hope and anything is possible. Even if the illness has reached stage 4 (The end of the 10 year stretch), it is possible to catch and cure the illness)


Lets Head Mental Illness off at the Pass

The idea behind "B4Stage4" is that just like physical illnesses, we need to identify mental illness before it reaches stage 4. 

The earlier we identify mental illness, the better chance we have of being able to catch and cure it.

There is always hope and anything can happen, but once a mental illness is dug in and well established, it becomes much harder to treat.

Let's start early to catch possible symptoms of Mental Illness before they reach stage 4 !!


Focusing on B4Stage4 is the answer. Here are five ways you can help:

  • Take a confidential mental health screening, and encourage family and friends to do so, too.
  • Keep up to date on our mental health awareness campaigns, like May is Mental Health Month
  • Join our Advocacy Network and add your voice to those who want policy and programmatic investments in earlier identification and intervention “Before Stage 4."
  • Ask organizations, political leaders, and advocates to endorse our B4Stage4 campaign.
  • Help us to engage the online community in #B4Stage4 thinking. 
  • Support #B4Stage4 campaign on Twitter and Facebook.


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Avoidant Personality Resource Center

PO Box 1471 Eagle Idaho 83616