Today's WEGO Health Activist Writing Month Prompt is: "Health cliche: What is a health cliche that really bugs you? What are you tired of people asking you or saying to you again and again? Write it down. Then reclaim it! Take it back and turn it around so you make it something that you could be comfortable hearing."
It's far too common to hear people casually calling someone crazy, paranoid, psycho or bipolar. From Charlie Sheen to the annoying coworker, it easily rolls off our tongues these days. I know people don't mean to be rude. They're unaware how hurtful this can be for people who live with mental health conditions. As someone who lives with depression and anxiety, I would say it's one of the less stigmatized mental health issues, but people still just don't get it sometimes.
That being said, sometimes I do refer to my mental health issues as my "crazy" because I think it's nice to take that word back and disarm it. I don't mind calling myself crazy sometimes when I'm kidding about one of the annoying aspects of my disease. I don't want anyone else calling me crazy, but if I can't occasionally laugh about it I'll just cry. And nobody wants that.
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Content by Diana E. Lee.DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.