Fighting Stigmas, Enforcing Changes, Passing Classes
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There are some terms and phrases that you will hear over and over again. Here is
a brief run-
“Mental Illness” This is such a misnomer because it is neither mental nor (in my
opinion) an illness. It is physical because it is a chemical imbalance in the brain.
It is no more mental than epilepsy. It isn’t an illness either. “Illness” implies
that you’ve caught something contagious. I am not contagious. Moreover, it implies
that my thoughts and feelings are “sick” or wrong. I use it on this site because
it is standard and generally non-
“You are not your diagnosis” This is in response to the tendency for society to say “that person is bipolar.” No one would ever say “that person is cancer.” I am more than just bipolar. I am not “mentally ill” I have a mental illness.
“Mad” Some groups are pushing to reclaim this word. Traditionally it has been used in a derogatory sense but not all people with mental illnesses see it as a negative. For more information about this project please visit madstudentsociety.com.
“Nothing is a greater impediment to being
on good terms with others than
being ill at ease with yourself.”
Honore de Balzac
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