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By February 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm 1,152 135 26
I have a problem with certain terms I hear while handling my bipolar disorder. I was wondering if anyone else felt the same way I do…
Some terms I don't like are "psychotherapy" because I don't like the word "psycho." I think it's a terrible word. I make my therapists replace it with "pow wows" or "weekly chit chats."
Another word I despise is "normal" or "ordinary." I find that the parents in the NAMI support group I go to use this word a lot when referring to their "other children" who don't suffer from mental illness. My question is, what is considered normal? I mean, really…
I don't like "crazy," "nuts," "neurotic," or "insane." I'm not crazy; I'm human. I go through something that millions of people go through. I'm on medications and I go to different therapists to control what is happening to me, and I am determined to get better. It's called taking action. Just because I have a different chemical makeup or an illness that many are ignorant about, does not mean I'm dangerous or a bad person.
Just out of curiosity, are there any words, terms, or phrases that tick you off?