Posted by: jedwardswright | August 24, 2015

Am I Going Insane?

If you are depressed, odds are that you have asked yourself, “Am I going crazy?” This post seeks to answer that question.

A Darker Shade of Blue

The first thing to understand is that insanity is a legal term.

According to the Law.Com dictionary, insanity is “mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.”[i] It is related to the issue of capacity, or the ability of an accused to formulate the intention to commit the crime of which he or she stands accused.[ii]

In other words, insanity is not a psychiatric diagnosis. There is no “Insanity” heading in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) under which certain mental health conditions are grouped. Unless you have been charged with a crime, the term “insanity” is not relevant to your mental health.

The next thing you are liable to ask then is, “Am I crazy?”

Basically, crazy is treated as a synonym to…

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