Alternis Insania & The Stigma of Mental Unwellness

 

Among the most commonly posted name-calling among social, cultural, and political factions seen on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Pathological Liar
  • Sociopath
  • Anti-Social.
  • Predator
  • Deranged
  • OCD
  • Mentally Unstable
  • Schitzo
  • Narcissistic
  • Off his/her meds

I don’t see that anyone is spared from what I’m calling the language of Alternis Insania  which is Latin for the Dialect of Derangement. Bill and Hillary Clinton, along with President Trump are  pathological liars. Nancy Pelosi is certifiably insane.. Chuck Schumer. Ruth Ginsburg. Richard Nixon. Abraham Lincoln? Yes.

Seriously, I can’t think of one outspoken leader on either side of the fence who has not been dismissed  as pathological.  And it doesn’t help when pop-psychologists pipe in with their own two cents, invariably with the requisite disclaimer:  I haven’t assessed …… so I can’t diagnose, but from what i can see ______.   

Participating in this  verbal bomb throwing  might result in a feeling of smugness and justification  simply posting derangement disorder memes in the name of activism and advocacy.

But here’s the problem.  We’ve got ourselves a serious mental health crisis throughout our country:  Increased violence, opioid, alcohol, and other drug addiction, homelessness, and the rate of completed suicide.

We have veterans returning from battle affected by Post-Traumatic Stress, depression, and anxiety.  The loosely estimated average rate of completed suicide by veterans is 22 per day.

And fearing the unfortunate reality that in our culture, mental unwellness is equated with weakness of character, there is little motivation for individuals, soldiers, sailors,and veterans to seek help.  It’s a situation that is worsened by alternis insania  that comes from our leaders and perpetuated by the media.

It demeans the rest of us who have actually struggled with genuine mental unwellness at several points in our lives and have been helped with therapy.

How easy is it to cut and paste from the comfort of the recliner and believe we are fighting for the right while dismissing the “enemy” as mentally disturbed or pathological. Insulting the other side with mental derangement name calling shows ignorance, laziness, and intolerance of an opposing view.

Time to Shift

How about if we dispense with the language of Alternis Insania.  How about if we engage less in mindless posting to our walls and more in purposeful action right outside our doors?

Wisdom of the Ancients

Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the ONE. The ONE is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.   Heraclitus

 

Which of the one hundred are you?

  • One of the Ten?
    • Your purpose is vague.
  • One of the Eighty?
    • You are a victim.
    • You walk in a march and carry a sign.
    • You leave a mess in your wake.
      • Someone else cleans up your mess.
  • The Nine?
    • You are in the trenches.
  • Or, by the example of your deeds, are you are a One Warrior?
    • You have brought yourself and others back to home and community.

Opera non Verba

In Latin:  Action, and not Words.

Imagine the good that is served by the energy of action not only for the benefit of your community but to yourself?

Adopt a Warrior Ethos

Step outside the comfort zone.

Work a food bank.. Learn CPR.  Read to children. Comfort the elderly. Volunteer at your local VA clinic or hospital. Serve at an animal shelter.

Motion and productivity are far better for mental wellness than lobbing derangement labels from an armchair.

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