To care about our friends, our family members, and anyone out there with a mental health diagnosis or ailment used as slang, is to stop using the terms for our own pleasure or victimhood. We can just be sad without being “depressed.” We can just be not that hungry without being “anorex…
Preach it, Jonathan Greene.
Oddly enough, I have found that it is the folks with wobbly mental health who are the least self-indulgent and the most pragmatic about dealing with this pandemic thing.
Your text also brings me back to something I keep thinking about: the power of empty words. America seems to be receding intellectually and the internet of shitposting isn’t helping. Co-opting clinical terms without being fully aware of the reality they’re associated with hurts us all and perpetuates stigma.
Compassion, it seems, is something that only happens when it can be monetized… and victimhood culture is lucrative.