Stigma and Mental Illness go together like Siegfried and Roy. Inextricably linked and just as just as likely to describe the wounded. In a world where we casually throw around the words ‘crazy’, ‘psycho’, ‘lunatic’ and ‘schitzo’ to describe situations or people who are complicated and confusing, we often forget these words originate in terrible stigma. They are words defined to alienate and create otherness. To set us apart from those that carry their burden. Neurotypical folks might not even notice their use in everyday conversation, but as someone who lives with mental illness, these buzzwords catch my attention instantly. They trigger feelings of such deep shame and humiliation inside me such that for most of my life, I hid the extent of my illness…