May is mental illness month or mental illness doesn’t live here anymore

May is supposed to be mental health month, but if you read between the lines, it’s looking more and more like “mental illness” labeling month.

The Chilliocothe Gazette has an opinion piece in today’s paper under the headline Mental health month is call to action.

Recently, two actresses — Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and teen sensation Demi Lovato — brought the issue of mental illness front and center by revealing to the public they live with bipolar disorder.

I have a dog, by the way, and her name is not Bipolar Disorder. Her name is Trixie. Bipolar Disorder is somebody else’s dog.

Good mental health isn’t just the absence of illness, it’s as much about being able to live with and excel in the middle of life’s challenges.

Right, and if you can’t do that, you must be bonkers.

May is Mental Health Month, and this year’s campaign is a call to action to help the one in four American adults who lives with a diagnosable and treatable mental health condition, such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression or another mental illness.

I’ve got news for you people, 1 in 4 people don’t live with a “mental illness”. 1 in 4 people have made the mistake of stepping into a psychiatrist’s office. Some of them just have to find a curb to scrape it off on, and that % will go down pronto.

Of course, there’s one born every second to paraphrase W.C. Fields I think it was.