There is a strange phenomenon going on where mental illnesses are sort of thrown around carelessly. And what is strange is not really that people use them on other people. I mean, hell, people have called other people retarded or gay in derogatory ways for a long time. But what is uniquely odd is that people are beginning to jokingly, or otherwise, label themselves with these illnesses.
I don’t think I ever heard someone say “I’m such a faggot”, but I do hear people say “I’m too OCD for that” practically daily.
Does this mean it is not being used in a disparaging way? Does it not fall in the same class as the things I listed above? Does it mean that we are more open to mental illness so we take it more lightly?