Being Crazy vs Mental Illness

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

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Being Crazy vs Mental Illness

A year after it was written, 2,000+ people have read "Are Bipolars Crazy? I Am." by Breaking Bipolar blog author, Natasha Tracy. To this day, people still come and leave comments on that article. It resonates with them. Why?

In the article, Natasha admits to being crazy. The dictionary definition of crazy is a person who perceives reality in an unexpected way. And she admits to fitting in that category. But mentally ill? "There's nothing wrong with me," writes Natasha. "There is something wrong with my brain."

Stigma: A Change in the Way We Perceive Mental Illness

Since our mental health website came on the scene over 10 years ago, I have seen a change in the tone of emails from people coming here. In the beginning, we would get dozens of emails a month from people with bipolar disorder, depression, OCD and other mental illnesses indicating they were secretive and ashamed about having a psychiatric disorder. Today, many email writers are "out."

Does that mean stigma surrounding mental illness has greatly diminished or disappeared? I can't say that. Many who do and don't have a mental illness still perceive it as something bad, something to ridicule or be ashamed of. On the other hand, there are thousands upon thousands of people on the Internet and in the media who have a mental illness and are talking about openly. They accept they have a mental illness and realize it doesn't diminish who they are as a human being. That's progress. That's a good thing.

Stigma of Mental Illness

Mental Health Experiences

What's are your thoughts about the stigma of mental illness? Are you still feeling it? Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

Your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

Your Thoughts: From the HealthyPlace Forums and Chat

On our Dissociative Disorder Forum, Randomlei_Me needs help in dealing with flashbacks. "I use to love to relax by taking a bath but now it seems I can only tolerate it for 5 minutes before my heart starts to beat extremely fast. I can hardly catch my breath and I feel like I'm 11 years old again and being held under water by my foster parents for spilling a kid's plastic pail of water on the floor." Sign into the forums and share your thoughts and comments on managing flashbacks.

Join us on the HealthyPlace Mental Health Forums and Chat

You must be a registered HealthyPlace member. If you aren't already, it's free and takes less than 30 seconds. Just click the "register button" at the top of the page.

At the bottom of the forums page, you'll notice a chat bar (similar to facebook). You can chat with any registered member on the forums site.

We hope you'll be a frequent participant and share our support link with others who may benefit.

Surviving PTSD on HealthyPlace Mental Health TV

Michele Rosenthal is a trauma survivor who struggled with undiagnosed PTSD for 24 years. She says that once you've been through a traumatic experience, you are a changed person; even if you've recovered from the trauma. Watch this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (Surviving PTSD - TV Show blog)

Other Recent HPTV Shows

Coming in June on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

  • Living Straight, Coming Out Gay
  • The Pitfalls of Labeling and Medicating Our Children
  • Healing From Childhood Traumas in Mid-Life
  • Surviving a Long-Lasting Battle with Depression

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

For all previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV archived shows.

Parenting a Child with Schizoaffective Disorder on HealthyPlace Radio

What is it like parenting a child with a serious mental illness? Our guest, Chrisa Hickey, is mother to three children. Her middle son, Timothy, is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. On this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show, Chrisa discusses how difficult it was to adjust to the fact that her son has a serious mental illness. She talks about the impact that it's had on her other children, her marriage, and the tough decisions that she and her husband have made.

Other Recent HealthyPlace Radio Shows

  • Depersonalization Disorder: Living in a Dream World: Depersonalization disorder is a type of dissociative disorder. It's defined by periods of feeling disconnected or detached from one's body and thoughts (called depersonalization). People with Depersonalization Disorder describe it as feeling like you are observing yourself from outside your body. Our guest is Jeffrey Abugel, an editor and writer who has studied Depersonalization Disorder for more than 20 years. He's here to discuss his new book Stranger to My Self: Inside Depersonalization, the Hidden Epidemic
  • Parenting an ADHD Child the Right Way: When parents first hear that their child has ADHD, many feel as if they've been set adrift on an emotional sea of guilt, isolation, confusion and fear. To help these parents and their children navigate the challenges of home life, school, and ADHD treatment, Tracey Bromley Goodwin and Holly Oberacker have created Navigating ADHD: Your Guide to the Flip Side of ADHD. We discuss discuss parenting solutions for ADHD children.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2011, June 17). Being Crazy vs Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, July 4 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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