• Petitioned John Cloud

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Time
John Cloud
CNN
Editor
Time Magazine

Apologize for the article "Redefining Crazy ..."

    1. Petition by

      Lynn O'Brien

      Cary, NC

http://healthland.time.com/2012/12/03/redefining-crazy-the-bible-of-psychiatry-changes/?hpt=hp_t3
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
This definition was taken from the National Organization on Mental Illness website
http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=about_mental_illness
Time Magazine and CNN showed an lack of understanding and an amazing amount of ignorance in publishing the article with this title. Attitudes like this reinforce stigmas about Mental Illness.

To:
John Cloud, Time
CNN
Time Magazine, Editor
Apologize for the article "Redefining Crazy ..."

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Leslie Sanford HENDERSONVILLE, NC
      • 5 months ago

      People with mental illnesses are sometimes not even accepted as ill by their families. We need to crash thru the stereotypes and accept mental illnesses for what they are, and not results of laziness, sloth, etc. Time, and other publications like it, do nothing but perpetuate these stereotypes of "crazy".

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    • Monica Theroux KINGSTON, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      I've suffered with dermatillomania for 8 years and I really don't think this kind of ignorance should be tolerated.

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    • Emily Ferraro SALINE, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      My initial thought upon reading this article was that the use of the word "crazy" is extremely offensive. However, the further I got, the more offended I became. I suffer from Dermatillomania and take great offense to the idea that it's a "reality-show problem." My disorder is very much real, my suffering is very much real. What a total lack of respect for myself and my fellow sufferers.

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    • Sarah Robertson TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Very offensive to those who work in the mental health field, and as someone who suffers from both REAL disorders Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania.

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    • Laura Barton WAINFLEET, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      According to this article, my disorder is not only "rare", but a "reality-show problem." Nothing more than something for entertainment value, it would seem, which is complete and utter nonsense. I've dealt with dermatillomania since I was about five years old, and for the past eighteen years I've been fighting through feeling alone, feeling judged and, now especially, breaking through the stigma that comes with having a mental health issue (especially one like this). This article is not only offensive, but is statistically wrong. Had any research been done, Mr. Cloud would have found out that it is not a rare disorder at all, but rather than many of us suffer in silence because of ignorant people like him. Shame on TIME for posting this article at all.

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