8 Phrases to stop using when talking about mental health issues per www.goodtherapy.org
1. I'm So OCD- A lot people tend to say that they suffer from OCD but really do not go through the extreme symptoms that real OCD sufferers. I am one that will state that I suffer from OCD but there again I truly understand what it means to suffer from OCD. To have constant thoughts when you want to fix something but you can't or having a ritual and if it's not done completely right, here come the thoughts. Everyone does not have OCD and it can make those that really suffer from OCD feel less than when everyone claims they have OCD.
2. I can't focus it's my ADD- again, another disorder that people will claim that suffer from but there are people that take medication everyday that truly suffer to function throughout a given day.
3.Calling someone a psycho- Psychosis is a serious condition and should be treated as such. A lot of people freely use this term but only about 3% of the population actually suffer from it. Which includes going through episodes of being unaware and dealing with hallucinations.
4.Bipolar- a person that deals with bipolar deals with extreme lows and highs. So saying something as simple as this weather is so bipolar can be highly offensive to someone that deals with it.
5. Saying that you want to kill yourself- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. This is something that you shouldn't play with when you are just having a bad moment. When something so serious is generalized as a normal statement to make it negates those that really have those feelings, we tend not to take those seriously that really need the help.
6. Stop being so paranoid
7. I'm so addicted
8. That's crazy/insane/nuts-there is stigma attached to having a mental illness and so when you use statements like that it makes people feel less than.
Basically the take away from the 8 phrases above is to watch what you say because words have power.