The first one looks like this:
The second one begins with:
- Person who drove you crazy:
- Person who signed you in:
- Your doctor:
- Person in the corner drooling on themselves:
- Your roommate:
- Person who helps break you out:
"You and I end up in an Insane Asylum together. Using a sentence what would you say to me?"
With Facebook friends completing the sentence. An acquaintance posted this status today and received the following replies, which can be sorted into categories which unfortunately reflect the ignorance & stigma still in existence today towards mental health conditions:
Making Fun of Individuals with Serious Mental Health Disorder:
Nonsensical statements referring to & poking fun of "disorganized thinking" and "delusional thoughts" both symptoms associated with schizophrenia, a serious mental health disorder.
"Peanut Butter cockroach"
"Listen to the aardvarks... their secret lies in the carrot soup."
"I'm a pretty princess lol"
Making Light Of Mental Health Disorders and the Seriousness of Need for Hospitalization:
Treating Hospitalization as If It's a Vacation:
"I knew we would end up here but I'm glad we are together"
"did you bring the music"
"I knew we'd eventually end up here; good thing this isn't my first rodeo!!!"
"Can I have your red pill?
"Told you it was a short drive to crazy!"
"lets find sexy men to play house lol"
"Did u bring your camera"
"It was bound to happen, it's in our genes"
"So [name redacted] pranks finally made u crazy enough and you snapped huh?"
"Well, isn't this some CRAZY sh*t?"
"I know you should be here, but why am I here!"
"Do you like strawberry or grape jelly?"
"To hell with that diet...lets eat!"
"This is a vacation"
Making Fun Of Individuals with Mental Disability
"dont lick that window anymore?"
This derived from the slang "window licker" which originates from focusing on and stereotyping one particular behavior of some individuals with intellectual/mental disability and is considered as offensive as calling someone "retarded"
References to Escape:
"Let's get out of here"
"How are we escaping?"
I think this refers back to a sordid time in early mental health treatment history before psychiatric medicines and talk therapy were developed. At that time, doctors just didn't know how to treat serious mental disorders such as psychosis, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety disorders as well as developmental disabilities such as autism and therefore attempted a variety of treatments and used restraints which would be considered cruel and inhumane by modern standards (sources 1 and 2). This along with mixed with Hollywood movie portrayals such as those in One Flew Over the Coocoo's Nest are what forms this colloquialism and negative attitude. Mental health treatment and care has improved dramatically (in countries such as the U.S. and Canada) and while mental health facilities are no fun place to be, many patients seek care voluntarily for the sake of their health. With that said, hospitalization can be mandated by a court in the case of imminent danger to ones self (actively suicidal) or others (homicidal) and the issue of patients prematurely leaving both voluntary and involuntary treatment by elopement is becoming an issue due to the influence of the anti-psychiatry movement in the U.S. and abroad (source)
Crime & Mischief:
"I told you badddddddd idea ."
"I should have known not to listen listen to you!!"
"Look what you got us into now"
Another misconception. Nope, sorry hijinks aren't going to get you an involuntary stay in a mental health facility. A decree of not guilty due to mental incompetence/mental defect is used by the courts during a trial when a perpetrator's untreated serious mental health disorder leads them to commit a serious felony crime.
Talk About Straightjackets:
The negative connotations of the straitjacket as an instrument of torture come from the earlier Victorian era of medicine. Physical restraint was then extensively used both as treatment for mental illness and as a means of pacifying patients in understaffed asylums. Wearing an institutional straitjacket for long periods of time can be quite painful. Blood tends to pool in the elbows, where swelling may then occur. The hands may become numb from lack of proper circulation, and due to bone and muscle stiffness the upper arms and shoulders may experience excruciating pain." (source) Not so funny anymore, is it?
"This new coat is so comfy. Lol"
Talk About Psychiatric Medications:
'we'd probably be drugged so probably something like this "fyhblohdsfhnnl" '
And my finale thought: Humor about people with mental illness in need of treatment in a state/private mental institution is offensive & perpetuates stigma : /