Sun, 3 Mar 2002 22:10:30 -0600
At 7:55 PM -0500 3/2/02, Rodent of Unusual Size wrote:
>Whoa there, pardner! I object to labelling someone as 'mentally
>ill' unless it is an untreated or untreatable condition. Someone
>whose condition is being treated, with medication or therapy or
>whatever, I do not regard as ill. That's like calling someone
>who has diabetes 'sick' -- they have an illness, true, but it's
>under control and they are *not* 'sick' to my mind.
The difference between odd and "mentally ill" to me is that if it
_bothers_ you, you should get treatment. Even the most wacked out
folks may have moments of relative clarity when they realize
something is _wrong_.
Then there's the difference between eccentric and crazy.
"This anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes has cost me the
election, and yet if I were to have them killed, I would be the one
to go to jail. That's democracy for you."
-- Montgomery Burns