Crazy Is A Slur

I don’t like having these problems. They are not fun and they aren’t easy. And I don’t like being called crazy by people who don’t get what being crazy really is. I also don’t like when other people who suffer from mental illnesses get called crazy as a way to make them feel less important or less respectable. You don’t call people with physical ailments things like “cripple”, so you shouldn’t call people with mental health problems “crazy”.

So, before you call me crazy, maybe you should learn about my kind of crazy:

Schizoaffective disorder is a mental condition that causes both a loss of contact with reality (psychosis) and mood problems. The exact cause of schizoaffective disorder is unknown. Changes in genes and chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) may play a role. Some experts do not believe it is a separate disorder from schizophrenia. Schizoaffective disorder is believed to be less common than schizophrenia and mood disorders. Women may have the condition more often than men. Schizoaffective disorder tends to be rare in children. –

Borderline personality disorder is a condition in which people have long-term patterns of unstable or turbulent emotions, such as feelings about themselves and others. These inner experiences often cause them to take impulsive actions and have chaotic relationships. The causes of borderline personality disorder (BPD) are unknown. Genetic, family, and social factors are thought to play roles. The risk factors include abandonment in childhood/adolescence, disrupted family life, poor communication in families, and sexual abuse. People with BPD are often uncertain about their identity. As a result, their interests and values may change rapidly. People with BPD also tend to see things in terms of extremes, such as either all good or all bad. Their views of other people may change quickly. A person who is looked up to one day may be looked down on the next day. These suddenly shifting feelings often lead to intense and unstable relationships. Other symptoms include: fear of being abandoned, feelings of emptiness, frequent displays of inappropriate anger, impulsiveness/substance abuse/eating disorders, intolerance of being alone, repeated crises, and self-injury. –

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief. Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is more common than was once thought. Most people who develop it show symptoms by age 30. There are several theories about the cause of OCD, but none have been confirmed. Some reports have linked OCD to head injury and infections. Several studies have shown that there are brain abnormalities in patients with OCD, but more research is needed. About 20% of people with OCD have tics, which suggests the condition may be related to Tourette syndrome. However, this link is not clear. –

Panic disorder with agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder in which a person has attacks of intense fear and anxiety. There is also a fear of being in places where it is hard to escape, or where help might not be available. Agoraphobia usually involves fear of crowds, bridges, or of being outside alone. This article discusses panic disorder with agoraphobia. The exact causes of panic disorder and agoraphobia are unknown. Because panic attacks often occur in areas or situations where they have happened in the past, panic may be a learned behavior. Agoraphobia sometimes occurs when a person has had a panic attack and begins to fear situations that might lead to another panic attack. Anyone can develop a panic disorder, but it usually starts around age 25. Panic disorder is more common in women than men. –

I have had people say that everybody gets depressed and everyone has anxiety, and that’s true. The thing is that when you’re mentally ill, it’s not just a small bout of depression or anxiety. It is an ongoing issue. I’ve been in therapy for 20 years and on psychoactive drugs for most of the last 12 years.  I’m working on it, and I’m just now getting some progress.

Anytime anyone throws it in my face doesn’t help.

Please don’t call me or other mentally ill people crazy. Don’t say we’re nuts or insane or fucked up or lazy or pathetic or whiny or negative or manic or anything like that. We’re just people and we don’t deserve petty crap.

About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.