Addiction is one of those words that is so often misused, resulting in even more stigma regarding mental illness. Ever hear “I’m just addicted to Game of Thrones!” Similarly, have you heard “I’m totally bipolar today!” or how about “Honey, I am way too ADD to file any paperwork!”

None of the folks in my examples actually have a diagnosis for addiction or bipolar or ADHD. Those are just words to them. When words are carelessly misused and overused, they lose their meaning.

I’ll tell you one word you never want to hear. By a psychiatrist. Who graduated from…