This morning someone said to me, “The weather is so bipolar”. Let me explain why that or when people say, “the weather is retarded” bothers me. By the way, the APA has replaced the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability”. When people throw these terms around to describe the weather they do so in an annoying manner. They’re not jumping up for joy because the weather is bipolar, instead they say it with a sense of aggravation. What that does is that it gives mental illnesses an even bigger negative connotation than they already have within our society. If someone who is bipolar or intellectually disabled hears you, they may feel bad & may not feel comfortable sharing that they live with those illnesses/disorders. When we get sick, we generally get sympathy. When we say we have a mental disorder, we get the side eye. Pero why!? Meanwhile, when another school shooting occurs we are all like, “OMG, we need more mental illness awareness!”. I get that some people are over the whole “political correctness” stuff & they feel that society is turning into a bunch of punks. Are we overly sensitive or does what I am stating make sense? Mental illness is very real & it hurts me to see people use mental illness terms to express their aggravation at someone or something. How, then, should we expect someone who is living with mental illness to open up to us? We want to act all warm & welcoming with the masses, but then we are not minding our words & are spewing venom every chance we get. I’ve said MANY things that are not right (whether in anger or just sheer ignorance). All I ask is that you mind your words, please. You never know who is listening or how your words affect others. People will sit there & smile & act as if everything is great when inside they could be dying a slow death. What are your thoughts on this? Am I overreacting? We don’t have to agree. We can respectfully disagree.