definition of sickWhen you’re young and you say I’m sick, I can’t go to school, I have some stomachache or flu.  You get to sit home, watch TV, and play video games.

When you’re young and you’re mentally “sick” and have no high fever or cough your ass is going to school.

What is the definition of sick in our society, in your family, in our culture?

When you’re an adult, and you say you’re sick, people think: Cancer.

When does mental illness get a seat in the term “sick.”

Modern day children don’t say I’m sick, but can be suffering a bout of mania or depression or hear voices.

Sick as a child is a term for the physical.  Sick taught as an adult can mean something other then cancer, or diabetes, it can mean mental illness.

If you take a look at your history of using the term sick.  It’s primarily physical.

It’s only when a person has a mental break down and ends up in a psych hospital for people to say: Oh, she’s sick.

She’s not feeling well?

We should rethink our definition of sick and start teaching the younger generation what kinds of “sick” exist in the world before it takes something major to happen in someone’s life to say that they are sick.

Sick child photo available from Shutterstock

 


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    Last reviewed: 31 Dec 2012

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2012). The Definition of Sick. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 20, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2012/12/30/the-definition-of-sick/

 

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