Common derogatory terms mental health issues
There are over 250 labels used to stigmatize people who live with mental illness.
Unbeknownst to many, some words and phrases that are part of our everyday vocabulary; things that we may not think twice about saying- are considered offensive to people who live with mental illness.
Many feel that using these terms in an inaccurate or insulting way spreads misinformation, creates misconceptions, minimizes the seriousness of these conditions and the experience of those who live with these diagnoses.
Some of the most common disparaging phrases (or variations of) used today are:
“You’re such a schizo.”
“I’m so OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).”
“I’m so bipolar.”
“She looks anorexic.”
Outdated medical terminology that was once used to describe people with mental and behavioral disorders is still used to demean and insult people today. Words like “Imbecile,” “Moron,” “Idiot,” and “Hysteria” only perpetuate the myth that mental illness is something to be ashamed of.
By swapping these words out, we can help reduce- if not eliminate- much of the negative stigma that is still associated with mental illness.