Archive for February, 2013

“Crazy, Nuts, Insane”: Speech and Stigma

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Language and thought go hand in hand. Language shapes the way we interpret the world. Our speech is a reflection of our perspective. That being said how do you feel about the use of terms like ‘crazy’, ‘nuts’ or ‘insane’? Do you feel that they influence stigma towards those living with mental illness?

Below are the links I mention in the video:
BringChange2Mind resources
Us and Them: Understanding Your Tribal Mind by David Berreby
Link to Berreby’s website ( where he talks more about the book

More links to articles on the consequences of mental illness stereotyping in the media:
Crazy Talk by Vaughan Bell
You Are Not Adam Lanza’s Mother


Examining Our Beliefs about Our Destructive Behaviors

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

In the past I thought that that everything in life was better if I was drunk or high. I believed every experience could be improved if I altered it in some way. girl-before-a-mirror

‘I’m going on a date… we will have more fun if we are drinking.’
‘I have to clean the house… this will be much more pleasant with some wine.’

Eventually things got to the point that I felt, ‘I woke up this morning… this entire day will be better with alcohol.’


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