Tag: Mental Illness

A Word on Wednesday: Recovery

I decided to wrap up my Mental Health series with the word recovery. The word recovery dates to the mid Fourteenth Century, from the Anglo-French recoverie; it speaks to a “return to health.” Contemporary usage considers recovery as the act of recovering. This first definition…

A Word on Wednesday: Diagnosis

Don’t let them LABEL you!  Don’t let them LABEL your child! Don’t believe the LABELS! The word diagnosis is not synonymous with “label.”  The medical term, diagnosis, is simple and straightforward. The noun’s primary definition is twofold (a) the process of determining by examination the nature…

A Word on Wednesday: Stigma

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”    When we think about Mental Health Awareness, we often hear pleas to stop the stigma. Stop the stain, the blot, the tarnish that is mental illness. By definition: The noun,…

A Word on Wednesday: Patient

A Patient Vulnerable. Bounced by forces not within; Left bobbing atop the surface, Or, dragged mercilessly, gurgling for air. Patient’s first synonym is INVALID.  This can be interpreted to mean not valid or a person who is not capable.  Patient’s primary synonym is derived from…

A Word on Wednesday: Awareness

  Awareness is a noun;  it is the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness.    Its synonym, mindful.  Its antonym, oblivious.      For decades, organizations have claimed colors and months to bring awareness to a particular disease or cause. Awareness…

A word: Onward

You will not find “onward” on a compass rose. No one is sure where it goes.   Yet, I find tomorrow each time I move in its direction. Onward is often and always the only way to go.    

A Word on Wednesday: Hope

 The abstract hope cannot be illustrated beyond the four letters it contains. Hope, when used as a verb, is seemingly without action. We cannot see someone hoping. Hope doesn’t sound like much more than “wishful thinking,” which cannot be measured or observed. The expression,…

A Friendly Observation: Suffer

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the word suffer.  You can read my unfavorable take on the word here.  A reader, Nissa Enos, responded with this tolerant, lighthearted take on “suffer.”  Suffers From I agree with Tara that it is condescending to say someone…

A Word on Wednesday: Suffer

Using the verb suffer with an object is one of my word choice pet peeves. The culprit is the acceptable definition  No. 5: “to undergo, be subjected to, or endure (pain, distress, injury, or anything unpleasantness).Consider when the object of the sentence is an illness: She suffers from diabetes….

Alleluia

On this day in my history, I was hospitalized for a psychotic break. I didn’t know it at the time; I thought I was going to a birthday party rather than the ICU of a psychiatric care center. Today’s five-year, post-breakdown anniversary is a…