We Are Not Mentally Ill: Harmful Words and New Alternatives

Hello, my name is Leif E. Greenz and I am not mentally ill. In today’s video, we’re talking all about harmful words and new alternatives to describe mental and emotional differences.

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HEY!! lol, uh somehow part of the video got cut — right where I was explaining why I’ll be contradicting myself on my channel. Basically, I’ll be contradicting myself because I’m an amorphous creature and my opinions change as I learn/grow from my experiences and surroundings. I hope you understand!

This video was difficult to record because there’s so, incredibly much to unpack here. Language changes constantly and connotations adapt alongside it. Today, we’re looking at the etymology of words we use freely, typically without much thought. Words like “disorder,” “crazy,” “insane,” “disabled,” and “diseased.” We’ll ask ourselves whether these words are worth reclaiming or if we should let them go completely.

We’ll also learn about how dominant systems serve as reference points for “mental illness.” We’ll discover that without convention, there is no “mental illness” — there are only individuals.

We’ll discuss people-first or person-first language and a proposed alternative — person language, period. We’ll also take an up-close look at the difference between post-traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic stress system, as well as examining how the name “borderline personality disorder” relates to social control.

Thanks so much for watching today’s video. Let me know if you come up with new vocabulary to describe yourself in the comments!

xoxo,
Leif E. Greenz

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