Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Who came up with the diagnostic word “disorder”?

I just can’t wrap my mind around this: Using the word “disorder” to tell people that they have a mental illness that is nothing to be ashamed of, it’s just like diabetes or any other physical illness.

How can any amount of anti-stigma campaigns neutralize the wrongness that this word conveys?

: a confused or messy state : a lack of order or organization
: a state or situation in which there is a lot of noise, crime, violent behavior, etc.
medical : a physical or mental condition that is not normal or healthy
Full Definition of DISORDER
:  lack of order <clothes in disorder>
:  breach of the peace or public order <troubled times marked by social disorders>
:  an abnormal physical or mental condition <a liver disorder> <a personality disorder>
Examples of DISORDER
The mayor is concerned that a rally could create public disorder.
problems of crime and social disorder
Millions of people suffer from some form of personality disorder.

 Related to DISORDER 
chance-medley, confusion, disarrangement, disarray, dishevelment, chaos, disorderedness, disorderliness, disorganization, free-for-all, havoc, heck, hell, jumble, mare's nest, mess, messiness, misorder, muddle, muss, shambles, snake pit, tumble, welter
order, orderliness
Related Words
anarchy, lawlessness, misrule, riot; knot, snarl, tangle; labyrinth, maze, web; maelstrom, storm; bollix, clutter, litter, mishmash, shuffle; hodgepodge, medley, miscellany, morass, motley
Near Antonyms
method, pattern, plan, system 

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