Can you think of a better term for mental illness?
Bringing the word mental into illness causes many strange perceptions to the masses - crazy, mad, insane, fruitcake,loony. Can you think of a better term to describe these kind of illnesses as a whole?
These are labels...everything you mentioned, and almost always have bad connotations..I would prefer, human being asleep...
I don't know if we will ever be able to completely erase the stigma of being 'mentally ill.' But I have heard substitute terms being used to describe those so afflicted depending on the extent of their material resources. For example: patients with no money whatsoever - 'loony' or 'crazy.' With a little money - 'temporarily insane.' With a little more money - 'suffered psychotic break.' And for the very wealthy, the operational term is 'eccentric.'
I would prefer the phrase "mental health problems".
The disadvantages of using the term illness is that it suggests that there is a primary biological cause to a person's problems, some biochemical disturbance causing the symptoms. Despite over 100 years of research this has never been reliably demonstrated. This false assumption of a biological cause results in more stigma, less hope and more helplessness (not to mention the unpleasant and physically damaging side-effects of long term medication).
Obstructed Intellect syndrome!......this sounds to be a better & respetable term !
It is my opinion that there is not a better term for mental illness-conditon as there is not a better one for a physical or emotional illness. I have a mental illness-condition and others can do whatever they want with the term. Now, "crazy, mad, insane, fruitcake, loony" are just ignorant ways to refer to a mental illness. It is important to point out that the term mental illness is used only when a person has been properly diagnosed.
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