I just wanted to open up about something that’s been bothering me for an hour or so. The fact that people are using “schizophrenia” or “schizophrenic” as a way to describe a way of doing things or a way a program is set up, just to name a few. I just want to say that, these people that use this term in such a way are truly illiterate. Yes I understand that one of the symptoms of this illness are “disorganized” or “not in touch with reality” but these are terms that describe a serious mental illness. I can confidently say that the people that use the term in such a way do not have any connection to personally or even through a friend, to someone that has schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is not bias, it does not affect a certain group of people and it is rarely cause by a persons own actions. So I just want to point out that it could affect someone close to you or someone close to a friend of yours. It could even happen to you. Yes for all you people in your twenties thinking you’re on top of the world, you are at risk until you are about 30. In some cases you could develop schizophrenia later in life than 30. These cases are usually really bad.
I want to touch on the severity of it, how it can destroy lives, families and futures to name a few. Being so carefree with throwing that term around is one of the reasons people uneducated in mental illness are so afraid of us. When you use it in reference to something other than someone with this illness, you are continuing the cycle of stigma that we are trying so hard to repair. The stigma that ruins job opportunities or our love life or friendships. The stigma that tears families apart. If you are uneducated in mental illness, I invite you to do some research in regards to how terrible things can get for not only someone who has this illness but people that love them.
You may think you’re funny. You may think your clever. You may even think it’s a great use of the word but you’re not. With all the adjectives in every language and yet you decided to use one that describes a horrific disease. Clearly you should not be a writer as you do not possess the literary skills to come up with something better. I invite you to sit in on a elementary school class where they teach adjectives and the ways they are used.
Yes I know, I’m bias towards the situation, having this illness and all. So I offer you the chance to educate yourself on morals and the ability to feel empathy. Go and talk to someone who has educated themselves on schizophrenia, they don’t have to be directly effected by it. Ask them how they would feel about using the term “schizophrenic” as an adjective in a way not fitting how the word’s definition describes.