Stand Up To Stigma - Let's talk about MENTAL HEALTH
You probably use these mental illness terms incorrectly, promoting misunderstanding:
(Correct word choice encourages you and society to understand how our loved ones are suffering invisibly)
- “Crazy”: denotes a medically diagnosable state that is characterized by being paired with wildness or aggressiveness. A ‘crazy party’ is only that is it was to a point of dangerous or unhealthy concern.
- “Depressed”: This is not sadness. The brain changes so that everyday tasks are extremely difficult. Suicidal thoughts are often uncontrollable, and managing them takes great skill with professional help. Perspective is not the only tool to improve depression, it is more complex. Medication helps, and starting medication requires experimentation with psychiatric supervision. Everybody works differently and some medication can make it worse, that’s why many people don’t like it before they find medications they will like. It takes persistence with professional help.
- “Psycho”: This can mean either psychosis or psychopathy. Psychosis is auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, paranoia (legitimately convinced), delusion, and denial of diagnosable symptoms.Psychopathy is mainly characterized by the inability to feel remorse after hurting someone physically or emotionally. Psychopaths cannot develop the part of their brain the knows right from wrong like the rest of us learn from our parents when we are children. Psychologically, there is no good in them, and most are good at hiding that. They don’t understand reasons why they can’t get what they want. Most rape cases are from them. 2% of the population are psychopaths. Do not refer to your ex’s as psychopaths unless they match most symptoms that you have researched from reputable sources and multiple sources. Psycho is not good because the lack of specificity promotes misuse and thus misunderstanding.