I’ve discussed how I like to use the word “crazy” and don’t find it derogatory. Us crazies, we have to stick together, I might say. I’ve also said that people can use any word to hurt you. Don’t tell me you’re a secretary.
But some people use a mental illness diagnosis as a weapon. Some people insult and abuse with the facts of illness and treatment.
Verbal Abuse and Insults About Bipolar Disorder
EVERY time my husband and I have a disagreement or argument, he starts calling me, “Bipolar”, and saying things like, “Have you taken your medication today”? Or “Have you stopped taking your medication?” In other words, this is the reason, (and only reason) that we have any kind of disagreement, or argument. Everything that I say, or do, that is not something he agrees with, he starts saying hurtful things like that. He calls me “Bipolar” every time he gets angry with me.
I don’t generally like to use words like abuse, but to me, that’s verbal abuse plain and simple. Just as if he were using his fists, he’s hitting Linda with words he know will hurt her. This is never acceptable.
Using Mental Illness as a Weapon Video
More on Verbal Abuse
For more, check out Verbal Abuse in Relationships, a blog by Kellie Holly here at HealthyPlace.
No one deserves to have their mental illness used against them.