(Nice first topic, I know)
You know what is the one thing I REALLY hate?
When people call depression a "mental disease", or "mental illness".
First off, it's not mental. You know what IS mental? If I decide that it's a good idea to brutally murder the neighbourhood. Y'know, if I lose my fucking sanity!
I dunno, if I start to feel like nothing, and then curl up in the corner and watch HowToBasic until dawn, that seems like a different thing.
Are the two connected?
If you feel like nothing for a long time, and nobody is doing anything with it, you're slowly going to lose your sanity (even if just a part of it).
And then you become a psychopath.
So, depression (or anxiety, or any of these nice things in life) is basically a step BEFORE being "mental".
So then what ARE depression and friends?
Spiritual, or emotional things.
Because it's messing with your feelings, right?
And yes, it DOES lower your sanity, but it's because of your feelings.
Your thoughts get shaped by your feelings, so if you start to feel like you're being watched, you will have thoughts of that flowing into your mind, and then those thoughts will make you feel that emotion stronger.
In a nutshell; your feelings trigger your thoughts, and then your thoughts make that feeling stronger.
The second thing is, it's not an "illness", or a "disease".
Or at least we shouldn't call it that.
"Disorder" (a state of confusion / mess) sounds more like it, but both types of naming ends up the same way:
If someone is ill, what is your reaction?
To stay away from them, and/or treat them differently than others.
If you hear that someone has a "disorder", that in itself sounds like they're on an "okay" level, but what if you put the two words together?
If you have the words "mental", and "disease/illness" next to each-other, it makes the term feel like the person having it is inferior to the ones not having it.
Because "mental" tells that they have less sanity than normal people (a.k.a. the ones who don't have it), and "illness" tells that it's something that infected them, and they are unable to fight against, so they are also weak, and they can burst out any second.
It sounds like I'm calling you a sick psychopath, who should be sealed away into an asylum, while it really isn't the case.
And what about "mental disorder"?
It tells that I have low(er) sanity, and my brain is totally messed up, and out of it's place.
So, basically the same, just in different clothing.
And before you'd comment "but that's actually the case with many types of mental disorders", let me ask you something: if this is actually what you'd think about someone else who has it, what would it be like if you had it? Would you feel like you're more of a freak than you thought so far? Would you be actually afraid of yourself? How would you feel if I said that you have a "mental disease"? The use of words would make you feel somehow about it, even if you'd deny.
So, suggestion: re-name the damn things, 'cause they shouldn't be called what we call them.
Khm, anyways, that's it for now, so, uh, have a nice day, bye!