All those nicknames you’ve been using? Not cool.

How many of us, as children and even as adults, have called people names because they acted “weird”? I know I have. It’s one of those things about human interactions that anything outside the norm is to be labeled and made fun of, or shunned and kept away. What we often fail to recognize is that we either hurt people being labeled that way or take away from the seriousness of a mental condition by using the name of that condition as an adjective. Saying that someone is “totally OCD” because they like a clean desk at work takes away from the seriousness of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Here is a video that dives into this topic and explains what those disorders really are, and why we need to stop minimizing them.

I'm a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. All opinions posted here are my own, of course, and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my school, employers, friends, family, etc. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @EpiRen