Do We Really Have To Keep Fucking Doing This? 

Yesterday, I noticed quite a few mental health phrases being thrown around as insults. Seriously, what the fuck people? I’m sorry, maybe it is because I haven’t caught up on my sleep yet, but this is really getting annoying. We don’t use any other medical conditions as insults, probably because even in our abrasive world that would be viewed as unacceptable. Yet for some fucking reason we think it is cool to call people crazy, loco, nuts, wacko, whack-jobs, mental, etc. 

An all this does is add to the stigma surrounding mental illness, a stigma that desperately needs to end. 

In this polarized world, many of these cheap shots occur during political disagreements, as if having a different opinion is somehow suddenly in the DSM-V. And while you might quickly think of those on the other end of the political spectrum as the only ones who do this, it is both parties. I have seen plenty of Democrats calling President Trump unhinged and I have seen President Trump and plenty of other Republicans sending those same distasteful insults back towards those on the left. 

And unfortunately, neither side counters these tasteless insults with teaching moment. If we are to end this horrible stigma, we need to be better, yes, but we also need leaders who put their foot down and speak to the millions of Americans who do live with mental illness, some of whom are forced to ask almost daily, do we really have to keep fucking doing this? Do we really have to keep watching society throw our daily battles around as cheap insults. It is exhausting. And it needs to stop. And hopefully this post is the first step in that direction.

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