Kook, lunatic, maniac, basket case, psycho, schizo and of course… crazy.
I could go on with that list but I think I’ve made my point. Words like this are used everyday to describe people living with and many times suffering from mental illness.
Many times people use these words around me not knowing I have Bipolar Disorder…other people do know I have Bipolar Disorder and still use these words. I am guilty of adopting said words myself at times…
But we need to reconsider the slang that is thrown around so easily. It’s damaging and it diminishes the seriousness of mental illness…it’s not a joke.
It’s interesting, out of all the diseases and illnesses that exist most people will show sympathy and compassion for that person. Mental illness on the other hand, not so much. Why is it that an illness of the brain is so ostracized?
I have actually heard people use bipolar disorder as a derogatory term to describe people. Interesting fact…said people have no idea what bipolar disorder actually is they just assume it means something about “crazy” mood swings.
I will admit, sometimes hearing words like that whether it’s directed at me or not, hurts.
To be honest, I believe that it’s words like I mentioned earlier that prevent some people from getting the help they need. They don’t want to be labeled in such a way…can’t say I blame them.
I like to think mental illness is slowly but surely shedding its stigma. There does seem to be more conversation out there and that’s a good thing.
Just know that a lot of people with proper treatment and therapy lead healthy and productive lives despite their mental illness.
It’s not all straight jackets and lobotomies folks.
Take Care ❤