Mental health activists to you: Talk right or shut up

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Mental Health Matters: 8 Stigmatizing Phrases to Stop Using

While society tends to tread lightly around language concerning disabilities, race, or religion, it seems that we do not apply the same sensitivity to language involving mental health. For example, while you might be a little taken aback by someone who uses the word “retarded” to refer to a poor decision, you likely wouldn’t think twice about someone calling a peculiar behavior “crazy” or saying out loud that someone’s “OCD” [obsessive-compulsive disorder] is the cause for an orderly office.

Show respect and consideration for those experiencing mental health conditions by avoiding these common stigmatizing phrases we hear in our daily conversations:

‘I’m So OCD.’

All too often people say “I’m so OCD” when referring to simple habits they may have regarding organization, such as arranging books a certain way on a bookshelf or keeping one’s own environment immaculately clean. True obsessions and compulsions can be quite debilitating, involving persistent, unwanted thoughts, rituals, and behaviors, all of which are out of a person’s control.

As many as 27% of people experience some form of obsessive-compulsive behavior. By using the term to describe tidiness, we popularize the experience and make it appear less severe than it actually can be. Next time you find yourself tempted to say someone else is being OCD or claim it as an explanation for your own behavior, consider how you might more accurately share your observation or insight.

‘I Can’t Focus; It’s My ADD.’ …

It’s not uncommon to hear people refer to themselves as ADHD or ADD when they are inattentive or easily distracted. Today’s high-tech world seems to be characterized by ever-shrinking attention spans, and it seems that people are always fiddling with their smart phones and jumping from one topic to another. However, this is not the same thing as attention-deficit hyperactivity. More.

Reality check: In Solzhenitsyn’s novel Cancer Ward, there was a big banner hung over a hospital’s stairs saying “Patients, do not talk about your illnesses!”

The reality is that using terms from psychiatry in everyday life normalizes the illness. We all have a slight tendency to something or other; for a few people, it interferes with function and enjoyment. They should feel much less alone when it isn’t an “illness” label.

But would that suit the paid purveyors of cures and political activism on the subject?

See also: Asshat U Rebels want “White Christmas” banned “Racist” song, you see.

What kind of jobs will these junior jackboots get when they graduate from We’ll Fix U?

Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose

  • These mental cases can shove their retarded PC bullshit back up their tranny asses!

    • Justin St.Denis

      Sensitively stated. Thank you so very much. 😉

  • In other words, do not have a sense of humour about mental illness. You might lift some of these people out of their depression!

    A number of years ago I had a buddy who told me he was suicidal. I said to him: “Ron, if you commit suicide I’m personally going to kill you!” He laughed hard about that. And the last I heard he’s still alive.

  • Xavier

    Clasp the shirt firmly at the collar and pull sharply to you while driving the other fist toward an imaginary point 2″ behind subject’s head.

    • El Martyachi

      I’m beginning to become a believer in the virtue of palm strikes. Dunno if I’ll ever remember to NOT punch when it matters… but they’re a helluva lot easier on the delicate hand and wrist bones.

  • Clear Thinker

    Wake up folks, the mentally ill are trying to normalize their ability to harm you. They have the perfect trump card, even better than the Indian get out of jail free card. When you are put upon by a mentally ill person, you have about 30 seconds to act to save yourself before the advocates and the police with try to take you off to jail. Defend yourself at all costs, they wont be held responsible. Happy ass kicking!

  • Justin St.Denis

    It isn’t PC to point out stupidity when it occurs, either. Stupid people who do stupid things in public now expect sympathy/support/Smarties or something. What is not PC is to say : “Wow, was that ever STUPID!” Even as a spontaneous exclamation. Even when it’s true. Why is that?


    • Clear Thinker

      I watched a kid at a ski hill go down the hill with an ice block in his hands and throw it at one of his buddies who then crashed. I called him stupid and he started crying,( this is a 19 year old), about how mean I was. Ski patrol clipped his ticket and he said he was going to sue me. I told him to go home and hide under his momma’s skirt, if she even wore one.

      • Justin St.Denis

        So you get it, too! 😉

  • ntt1

    Psychiatrist have one of the highest suicide rates of all professions, It is thought that the entire discipline attracts deficient broken people looking perhaps to cure their personal demons .

    • You are bang on about that. Although my involvement with the “psychiatric community” has been marginal, I once worked as a consultant for alternative housing — both for the mentally disabled and mentally ill. After attending umpteen conferences (which is pretty much all you are expected to do as a Government contractor, lots of nice food, expensive hotels, etc.), I discovered that the majority of the people who worked in the industry were either recovering or former mental health patients. I lasted three months — my employer was bat-shit crazy.

      • ntt1

        I was sent to two while at high school . Both committed suicide . one out of the Burrard medical building windows the other jumped off a victoria ferry. both deeply disturbed people.Me? I discovered acid and was fine.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I thought it was dentists.

      • Justin St.Denis

        It is dentists, actually. Many used to leave dentistry and become jewellers, which makes imminent sense when you stop yo think about it. I employed an exec assistant for about a decade who was married to such a man. She wore amazing jewelry every day, which I had noted. That is how I learned this. Her husband had practiced dentistry for 20 years, then just QUIT. Dentistry was a very high stress profession at the time. I do not know if that holds true anymore what with the many advances in dentistry which pretty much remove pain from the equation.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          You just made me think of the movie Marathon Man.

      • ntt1

        they are up there, something about the chemical exposure. I do my part by cheering mine up by leaving small(1/8″) carving burrs in his tool tray, it starts interesting discussions with the next patient.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “What kind of jobs will these junior jackboots get when they graduate from We’ll Fix U?”
    Why, they’ll be employed by ever-bloating bureaucracies and NGOs and the like. The SJW industries.