Things I Would Like to Point Out About Xanax

  1. Xanax is a mild sedative given to people other than the mentally ill. Unlike more potent medications, it really is a “chill pill.” (Which neither lessens its effectiveness nor removes the fact that it is a drug with side-effects.)

  2. Come to think of it, both Valium and Prozac are also considered “chill pills,” even though both are far stronger than Xanax.

  3. Thus assuming that someone saying, “You need to take a Xanax,” is saying, “you are mentally ill,” may be considered somewhat ignorant.

  4. Usually I do appreciate someone telling me to take a Xanax, because by the time they notice, I usually have forgotten to.

  5. Now, if someone had said, “You need to go to a mental institution” in casual conversation or heated debate, that really would be propagating an unfair stereotype of the mentally ill, not all of whom even remotely qualify for such a measure.

    Saying, “you need a Xanax,” is about as insulting along these lines as, “you need some E” or “you need a drink,” i.e. not at all.

I also wanted to say something about the fact that the assumption that being mentally ill is so awful as to be an insult is the result of awful stigmatization by society, and thus really makes my hair curl, but that’s somewhat off-topic, so, like CNN, I’m leaving it there.