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What’s Up with All The Labels?

time to change“The weather is so bipolar.”  That singular phrase raised the hairs on the back of my neck. I was immediately reminded of the misuse of a common psychiatric term that perpetuates the stigma of mental illness. What people don’t realize is that it is inappropriate and  it causes real harm. So many millions of people battle depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and a host of other severe mental illnesses while millions more do not. Applying these psychiatric terms loosely to someone who exhibits a behavior that is quite opposite of what you might do, say, or think doesn’t  mean they are ocd or bipolar, right? It seems that we preach the importance of political correctness in every aspect of our lives, however, we seem to forget it applies to mental illness, as well…

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