There is a very simple understanding to which I have been building for some time.
The understanding is this: when people say ‘psycho’, they mean ‘psychopath’.
A psychopath is quite different from a person who suffers or has suffered psychosis.
Now, we need to be compassionate to psychopaths. It’s a condition. They need compassionate care. But I am not on a crusade to improve treatment of psychopaths.
And you might ask me, and it would be a fair question – What’s the matter, Uttley? Has someone been calling you a psycho or saying that psychosis equals psychopathy?
No. Nope. It’s just that I’ve read that the gross mainstream misconception is that schizophrenic = psycho = violent behavior. And I fear, I guess, that I may be feared.
More driving than the fear though, probably, is the sense of implicit false accusation.
Even that sense of injustice, though, is not why I am in the proverbial closet about Sz at work.
I don’t tell my manager or coworkers about my mental illness because I know it will make them doubt my reliability. That’s another can of worms, stigma-wise.
But for now, I’ll just rest assured that I’ve sort of put my finger on the knot of the main kind of stigma I’m personally endeavoring to counteract…
The thrust of which is again that the psychosis suffered by those with schizophrenia is not the psychopathy which correlates with violence.