how schizophrenic are we?

I promised my friend I would write a blog on this topic. she is one of those amazing peeps who lives with a condition and she lives with courage and dignity. I am not going to say anything more about her but she knows she’s on my mind as I write this.

it’s awful how some people in social media settings abuse the label ‘schizophrenic’. such a word should come with enormous cost. you should have to apply for permission to use this word. why?

because I have close friends and relatives who really are the true owners of such a diagnostic category. some of them live very quiet lives, far away from it all. but many of them are right here, amongst us. just like alcoholics and addicts are among us.

the labelling of madness in language which alienates or terrifies society serves one function. cutting off. excluding. pretending to myself the madness isn’t in me, it’s in THEM. it’s a language of othering.

and hey, it’s a sign that you need to get in touch with your own inner nutcase.



3 Comments Add yours

  1. updownflight says:

    I have bipolar disorder and am on disability. I sometimes feel cut off from the world too, but I guess some of it is my own doing. I can’t speak for people with other illnesses, though, or even all of those with bipolar disorder.

    Thank you for reblogging my post about labels.

    I like your blog and will enjoy following it.

  2. updownflight says:

    Hello Geordie. I really like your blog and would like to nominate you for the Versatile Bloggers Award. If you would like to accept the nomination, please visit for details.

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