We’re living in a politically correct world, and that isn’t stopping when it comes to mental illness or is it mental health? In fact, everyone has their own opinion on how far politically correct language goes, and at a certain point, when does it go too far?
When scouring the internet, these are the terms in the mental health field that I found people having problems with:
It’s like a madhouse in here.
This is crazy!
Are you insane?
I’m so OCD.
I’m so ADD.
I just want to die.
Your outfit choices are so schizo.
You’re so normal.
That weather is so Bipolar.
You’re a psycho.
You need to be in a looney bin.
This makes me want to kill myself.
Stop being so paranoid.
Now some of the above terms you may have a problem with and others not so much. However, someone out there has issues with them, and there are many more that we probably haven’t found either. The question that we now have to ask is, have we gone too far? Are some of these acceptable? If someone is going to be offended by everything, should we bother trying to please everyone? Should the context be taken into account for some of these terms? What is normal anyway?
As far as the term Mental Illness goes in the world of being politically correct, we here at Massive Phobia like to use Mental Health. However, we’re not you, and you may see it in a completely different manner and still use the word Illness. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that don’t like that term. However, if you battle a mental health issue, and you want to identify as having or battling a Mental Illness, no one has the right to tell you to change your language as that negates your experience with your struggle.
If you or a loved one you know is showing signs of a Mental Health Disorder, whether it be Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Scizophrenia, Addiction, Body Dysmorphia etc., or maybe you just need someone to talk to, please do get the help you need. If you feel like you need to talk to someone right now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
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