Look, most of us have heard the phrase “spread the word to end the word” that is the organization R-word’s phrase about stopping use of the word r-word. This is major, and an amazing fight to fight because respecting EVERYONE can make a major impact in the world and can have an even larger impact on the individuals and families of those with either a mental or physical illness.
If you haven’t heard the phrase or of the organization R-word, I have linked their website into this post. I highly encourage you to check them out.
As someone who suffers from PTSD, depression, and anxiety, I am intimately aware of how misuse of those words can honestly affect the direction a conversation is going and honestly, sometimes it can affect me for the rest of the day.
So many people misuse disorders or illnesses in everyday life without even realizing it.
Just because you are stressed, does not mean you are anxious.
Just because you are sad, does not mean you are depressed.
Just because you have had mood swings or don’t like how inconsistent the weather has been, doesn’t make it right to use the term bipolar.
Just because something dramatic in your life happened does not mean you have PTSD.
The use of these terms in the wrong context can seriously hurt people and minimize an illness that seriously affects their life on a day to day basis.
Now, in case it wasn’t clear, the ‘R’ word should never be used…. ever. So if you use it, STOP.
Also be aware of using other terms such as, depressed, anxious, and bipolar out of context.
Having a mental illness is HARD. And having it minimalized can impact and individual more than you probably know.
So keep an awareness around what you say, and what others say around you. Then, take action! Never feel out of place asking someone to use the correct terminology!