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Re: How do you feel about the term 'Mental Illness'?

Posted by beckett2 on November 15, 2017, at 21:38:48

In reply to How do you feel about the term 'Mental Illness'?, posted by SLS on November 15, 2017, at 10:03:34

>All I know is that I am still reluctant to stand on a street corner and yell out as loud as I can that I am mentally ill. The perception of the public remains largely unchanged over the years. In fact, the perception of the mentally ill has taken on a new stigma that serial killers and mass murderers are products almost exclusively of mental illness. I am less likely to use the term "mental illness" to describe myself than I have been at any other time in the past.

I hesitate to tell anyone I experience fibromyalgia or idiopathic chronic fatigue. My hunch is invisible illness is difficult to understand because the mechanics remain (so far) mysterious.

I'd like to tell people my brain hurts-- but very few would get the reference:

Thinking about this, maybe classifying PTSD as an anxiety disorder triggered by environmental pathogen makes the condition more acceptable.

I'd love another term for and another way to think about mental illness.




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