Backpacking and Bipolar II. Taking Manic Depression on tour.
“Mental Illness” is a tag in a lot of my posts, and almost every image on Instagram. I use it to search for other blogs to follow – I search for posts and studies on “Mental Illness” but you know what?
I hate the term Mental Illness.
I’m forced to include it in my lexicon if I’m to navigate successfully the waters of the internet to find relevant content. I have to use it when speaking to other people about illnesses like Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Clinical Depression e.t.c. Really though – Whenever I say Mental Illness I feel as though I’m asking it to be assessed separately to ‘Illness’ and isn’t this the whole problem? Isn’t this the crux of the stigma that we’re all fighting against with all our might? The fact that these conditions aren’t treated in the same manner as diabetes, cancer or heart disease?
I’ll keep using it when I feel like I have to in order to reach the right audience, I’ll tag my posts with it and I’ll search WordPress and google for it. I don’t have to like it though. F**K the term “Mental Illness”
What about you? Are there any words or phrases in common parlance among our unwell brethren that you find distasteful or downright obscene? I want to hear from you.
All the best,