This is an important thread; organizing to change the archaic mental health system is important and language is a key element. I was with a group of people this week who seek to change the system, but several among us were still using terms like “mental illness” and “psychotic break”!
My frustration centers around describing my experience with emotional distress, or was it mental distress? I like the term mental distress; it seems to convey my experience the best, but emotional distress seems to be more popular. Unfortunately, neither term seems to imply the degree of mental pain and the degree of problems with living that the erroneous term “disease” currently seems to imply.