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I love it that the word origin of "mad" is essentially change, similar to the two letters "mo" in "motion" or "emotion." You bet some of us want change, and often change is considered "mad." Perhaps you've heard someone whisper about a mutual friend going through emotional turmoil, "She's... changed.... she's just not the same person."
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When we gave an award to clown/physician Patch Adams on July 14, 2012 for his leadership in the IAACM, he asked that it not focus on his being a 'psychiatric survivor,' but for his proud '.'
The term "mentally ill" is very much a narrow medical model.
Humans differ by gender, age, racial heritage and religion. These differences, when distorted, have led to discrimination. But how do human beings tend to define themselves? When a typical person is asked to describe the difference between themselves and non-human animals, I can imagine he or she would say, "Humans are the rational animal. The thinking animal. The animal that can do math, fly a plane, engage in commerce."
By the way, have you been noticing a few “quotation marks”?
Whatever you call an oppression, the phenomenon of "Isms" is often caused by exaggerating real or imagined differences to such an extent that instead of celebrating diversity one creates an irrational chasm. To this day I am still exploring the depths of the chasm of "sanism." and I have still not found its bottom.
For example, for decades some in our movement have changed this:
(By the way, I know some good friends have used an equivalent term "mentalism." However, it turns out mentalism is also a school of philosophy, as well as a type of magic. Attorney and professor .)