The Difference Between Strong Feelings And Being Triggered

  Mental health language like "being triggered" is often thrown around casually, causing people to misrepresent what the word actually means.Much of combatting mental health stigma involves drowning it out – talking so openly and loudly about what you’re going through that your voice overpowers the one in your head telling you to “suck it up” or “fake it till you make it,” or encouraging the people in your life to do the same. As a result, many of us have got into the habit of sprinkling clinical terminology into our casual conversations as a way of relating to and connecting with each other emotionally. But when we use mental health and trauma language too casually (or, worse, inaccurately), we water down its impact, ultimately strengthening mental health stigma instead of neutralising it. More obvious conversational faux pas to nix include saying things like you’re “so OCD” just because you organise your socks by colour, or using “bipolar” as an adjective to describe somethi .. Full story on 

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