“Psychotic” doesn’t mean what you think it means.

I see it everywhere but especially on Facebook — people using the term “psychotic” to describe someone that’s angry, violent, or out of control. 

I’ve been psychotic many times and I am absolutely none of the above. I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in my early twenties and psychosis is one of the main symptoms. 

Psychosis actually refers to having hallucinations and delusions, not anger or violence.

Personally, I experience visual and auditory hallucinations that leave me feeling anxious, distracted, and sometimes isolated –probably the exact opposite of how people describe someone as “psychotic”.

The term “psychotic” is extremely stigmatizing when used incorrectly. Having a mental illness is hard enough and stigma just makes the stress — and asking for help — even more difficult.

So now you know. Please speak with care.


  1. Pierce R. Butler says

    Language usage gets sloppier every damn day. Not distinguishing “psychotic” from “psychopathic” barely amounts to one snowflake on the tip of the iceberg.

    • ashes says

      Very true, but the problem with this snowflake is that it causes a lot of stigma for those in the mental health community, a group that already faces harsh judgment.

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