Do you ever feel that people can just look at you and know that you’re crazy?
You have asked a very multifaceted question. I’m going to address some issues then I’ll answer your question. And yes that’s my final answer!
First, let’s define the word crazy.
crazy (adj) insane;impractical
New Oxford American Dictionary
crazy (adj) mentally deranged; wild
Merriam Webster Dictinary
crazy (adj) unsound; mad; insane
Well, that doesn’t exactly make the word crazy sound very nice now does it?
Second, let’s consider the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, more commonly referred to as the DSM. Mental health professionals use the DSM as their main point of reference to ensure correct diagnoses. The DSM is a comprehensive manual used to classify specific psychiatric disorders and the strict criteria that must be met to assure accurate and uniform diagnoses. It is published by the American Psychiatric Association.
We’ve all heard the word crazy used in Hollywood horror flicks to describe the the stereotypical bad guy. These types of movies and others like them, continue to perpetuate the unfortunate misconception of the use the word crazy in conjunction with mental illness.
I must say, I’ve never seen the word crazy used anywhere in the DSM. In fact, the word crazy is highly frowned upon by the medical profession as a whole, as it is derogatory, demeaning and extremely offensive.
I’d like to impart this last bit of information to you and then I promise (I really, really do!) that I will answer your question.
Worldwide, 450 million people are affected by a mental illness or disorder. In the United States, approximately 30 to 40% of Americans will experience a mental health disorder in a given year. With these kind of numbers, many people probably know someone with a mental illness and don’t even realize it. The only way they could know if someone had a mental illness would be because that person chose to share that information about themselves. The average Joe, a coworker or your neighbor could have a mental illness and you’d never know.
And now…………TADA!! See? I told you I promised and I always keep my promises……….
here’s the answer to your question, you still want to here it right??
No, I don’t ever feel that people can just look at me and can tell I have a mental illness.
All kidding and joking aside, I hope you found this information helpful. I also hope it reassured you and put your mind at ease.
No one can tell, just by looking at you whether or not you have a mental illness.