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Being Crazy vs Mental Illness

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Being Crazy vs Mental Illness

A year after it was written, 2,000+ people have read "Are Bipolars Crazy? I Am." by Breaking Bipolar blog author, Natasha Tracy. To this day, people still come and leave comments on that article. It resonates with them. Why?

In the article, Natasha admits to being crazy. The dictionary definition of crazy is a person who perceives reality in an unexpected way. And she admits to fitting in that category. But mentally ill? "There's nothing wrong with me," writes Natasha. "There is something wrong with my brain."

Stigma: A Change in the Way We Perceive Mental Illness

Since our mental health website came on the scene over 10 years ago, I have seen a change in the tone of emails from people coming here. In the beginning, we would get dozens of emails a month from people with bipolar disorder, depression, OCD and other mental illnesses indicating they were secretive and ashamed about having a psychiatric disorder. Today, many email writers are "out."

Does that mean stigma surrounding mental illness has greatly diminished or disappeared? I can't say that. Many who do and don't have a mental illness still perceive it as something bad, something to ridicule or be ashamed of. On the other hand, there are thousands upon thousands of people on the Internet and in the media who have a mental illness and are talking about openly. They accept they have a mental illness and realize it doesn't diminish who they are as a human being. That's progress. That's a good thing.

Stigma of Mental Illness

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2011, June 17). Being Crazy vs Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, August 11 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/being-crazy-vs-mental-illness

Last Updated: July 15, 2022
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Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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