Let’s Not Equate Mental Illness With Negative Energy
Youth Soccer Boots as a mental health advocate, I’ve learned to pick my battles.
Sure, I started out down the advocacy path flipping out every time someone used the word “crazy” or “insane” or “nuts,
Time passed, though, and I learned how to discern the “harmless” uses of such words (“That party last night was crazy,) from the nike magista with sock “harmful” uses (“She went nuts and ended up in the loony bin,).
More time passed, and I learned when and Youth Soccer Boots how to approach the speaker, and when to simply smile and walk away.
After all, calling a storm “insane” probably won’t promote stigma. An editor who refers to readers who leave angry blog comments as “crazies, however, most likely will.
Like I Youth Soccer Boots said: I learned to pick my battles.
Every now and then, though, someone comes along who completely bypasses potentially stigmatizing words for outright stigmatizing ideas, like you did while discussing your reasons for removing your Marilyn Monroe tattoo during your interview with Italian fashion magazine Amica:
I removing it. She was a negative person, she was disturbed, bipolar. I do not want to attract this kind of negative energy in my life. It is a negative character, as she suffered from personality disorders and was bipolar. I do not want to attract this kind of negative energy in my life. (E! Online)
Clearly, the translation is a bit shaky, but the overall meaning is there: Marilyn Monroe was mentally ill and you, not wanting to draw what you believe is negative energy toward yourself, are having the tattoo removed.
(Keep in mind, just two years ago you told Wonderland Magazine that you have some kind of mental problem, you just haven’t what it is, and, during the same year, you told Germany Bunte Magazine that you got the Marilyn Monroe tattoo as a way to warn yourself not to allow yourself to treated so badly by the film industry so that it breaks [you] down. Not to, you know, split hairs or anything.)
I won argue the idea that Marilyn Monroe wasn a troubled soul; she was. We all know that. Yet, it comments like yours that align negativity with mental illness.
Did you know that roughly one in four people have a diagnosable mental illness during any given year, Megan? Does that mean each of those one in four people is negative or dealing with negativity? Have Youth Soccer Boots these people done something to draw negative energy nike magista with sock to themselves? Are they to be shunned for their conditions? Conditions that can arise just as easily as any other health condition?
And, if so, would you say the same nike magista with sock thing about people with fibromyalgia? Diabetes? Cancer?
I chosen your ridiculous statement and belief (one can only assume it is indeed a belief, as you going so far as to remove a tattoo) as my battle, Megan. Although I most likely can reach you, I can reach others, and I sincerely hope this letter will help anyone who believes as you do think differently about mental illness Youth Soccer Boots.