And occasional suicidal ideation.
If you search for ‘patient’ on thesaurus.com and click on ‘person being treated for a medical problem, you get all kinds of helpful suggestions that DO NOT resonate.
Part of me wanted to go with slang IRONICALLY – psychopath or nutjob or mental case – but I then it occurred to me that others with mental illness might adopt the same label that I chose for myself.
Not Cool, Leander.
Because while I might label myself BITCH ironically, I’d HATE IT if my daughter adopted it as well.
So then I thought, what would I call someone else with a mental illness?
Someone fighting the good fight?
I’d call them a Fighter.