4 thoughts on “Schizophrenia: The Harm Politicians And Doctors Do With Their Words

  • February 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Thank you for a well written article and so appropriate to the current times. Although I don’t suffer from Schizophrenia, I do have a Mood Disorder. Sometimes I’m amazed by the ignorance expressed by both the candidates and the President. Not long ago, the President and several elected officials made a blanket statement insinuating that all mass murderers had mental health issues therefore anyone diagnosed with a mental health illness should be prohibited from buying guns. I’m sure if this was Prostate Cancer or Diabetes the statement would never had been made. It’s time for this country (and the world) to learn a little bit about mental health and mood disorders. I challenge anyone to live in my skin for just one day. I doubt they would survive an hour, and my disease is not nearly as severe as it could be.

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    • February 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Yes, there is still a great deal of ignorance regarding most psychiatric conditions. We have to work together to educate people! 🙂

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  • May 20, 2016 at 5:28 am

    As a Brit who lives with schizophrenia, it’s saddening how many very prominent, professional people still seem to think it’s perfectly acceptable to use derogatory terms about mental illness, and those who live with it – we had an MP (Member of Parliament) recently say – publicly – that “those with mental problems shouldn’t try and interfere in public life.” Meaning, presumably, we should stop challenging policies that directly affect us.

    It seems that a lot of people are throwing a massive strop over “Meh, I’m not allowed to be mean to women, black people, or gays anymore – ooohh, people still think it’s okay to hate X racial group, and people with mental illnesses! Yay!” I’ve recently begun exploring the idea of “lazy self-worth” (which depends on being better/richer/prettier/more successful than other people) – it seems, sadly, to apply to a lot of “professional” individuals. (Who could do with some re-education on how to BEHAVE professionally…)

    I regularly express contradictory views – as I have explained more times than I care to remember, this would be the case even if I weren’t schizophrenic – the world is a contradictory place, and accepting that can be better for everyone than living with black or white.

    A good article – glad I stumbled across your blog!

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    • June 15, 2016 at 11:41 am

      It seems like we have a long way to go to educate people on issues involving mental health, but I think things are getting better!

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