- Maddy Stutz
- Puyallup, WA
- United States
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Does anyone else with a mental illness find it offensive when other people use "crazy" or "insane" as an adjective?
This never bothered me before I got diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, but since then I guess I've been a little more sensitive to this. On New Year's, this guy (who doesn't know I have bipolar) said I was acting "crazy". I know he wasn't saying it because he was seriously concerned about my mental state, but he was using it as an adjective to describe my sillyness and spontaneity that often overcomes me when I'm out with friends. I wasn't exhibiting any signs of my mental illness, but if offended me that he called me "crazy". I wanted to be like "as a matter of fact, YES!" Since then I've been noticing that people use "crazy" and "insane" all the time to describe every day stuff that might just be a little out of the ordinary. I've been talking to some people on my blog about this too, and some say they find it offensive, and some don't. We all recognize that calling something "gay" is offensive, should calling something "crazy" or "insane" also be considered objectionable language? What do you guys think?