Actually, the words “mad” and “madness” are quite commonly and innocently used in England.
Just here, in North America, there’s an aversion to it.
It’s time we reclaimed them, as gays and blacks have reclaimed the words that accurately describe them.
Frankly, I love the term. I love the fact that all of Shakespeare’s “fools” and “jesters” ~ often considered “mad” ~ were the only characters in his canon to speak the truth.
“Manic Depression” was changed to Bipolar Disorder by psychiatrists ~ to soften the sting out of this ancient and more accurate descriptive term.
Bipolar is a ridiculous and meaningless term…
What does it really mean? It doesn’t change the reality of living with severe, sometimes profound mood swings.
There are so many problems with the term “mental”, including a “them and us” attitude that will prevent progress in changing the perceptions of people about those of us who happen to live with emotional health issues, including mental health issues and addictions.
And who doesn’t?
Language matters. It’s powerful and political. And I don’t like political correctness. I like honesty.