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For instance, the three words "stark raving mad" create one of the ultimate and undeniable descriptors of an individual considered psychotic. Word origins could translate that phrase into "staring intensely in extremely hungry rapid movement." In other words, this state is similar to that intensely focused look a wild predatory animal like a wolf has in the final microsecond before landing on its rabbit lunch.

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However, most of us can still control our tongues, our fingers, our language, our writing... and our minds. An ancient peasant rebellion song, celebrates the undeniable fact that "thoughts are free" and could serve as our anthem.


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At noon Pacific Standard Time on December 10, 2014, thousands of students from 70 medical schools throughout the United States held silent “White Coats for Black Lives” die-ins. These demonstrations, the largest coordinated protests at U.S. medical schools since the Vietnam War era, were initiated by medical students in California and spread across the country in response to the following call to action posted online at :

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What about the many other people who define their problems from a social, psychological, spiritual or other point of view? And what about those who don't see their differences as problems, just as differences, or even as qualities?

N Engl J Med 2017; 377:1111-1114 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1707409

However, at this time, the "medical model" is dominant. The medical model has become a bully in the room. Language that somehow encourages that domination isn't helpful to the nonviolent revolution in the mental health system we need, a nonviolent revolution of choice, empowerment, self-determination.

N Engl J Med 2015; 372:1087-1089 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1500832

I understand that many people define themselves as "mentally ill," and accept a medical model. If you do this, that is your choice. I respect you.

However, and this is very important:

In the short term, we can at least try to change the language we personally choose to use. I know many of my friends in our mad movement -- including psychiatric survivors, dissident mental health professionals and authors -- freely use the term "mentally ill," because they think it's more recognizable by the public. However, in the field of Intellectual disabilities, many groups now have campaigns to get rid of the frequently-used And of course civil rights activists have largely effectively fought the "N word." Frequency of word usage does not eliminate the pain that is caused, and does not make change hopeless.

But sound bites alone like that can be worse than nothing.

In fact, what about the subject of defamation? According to an attorney we work with, to falsely claim an individual is officially "mentally ill" with intent to harm them has been used in law schools as a classic example of defamation.

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Illustrating the complexity of language, the APA has found itself terribly divided internally about this next edition, and therefore they've delayed publication at least a year, to 2013. The main editor of DSM-IV, Allen Frances, . After public pressure, including by MFI, the APA opened up a bit, and has created a to gather public comments about its draft.