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‘Madness' in point of fact is an example of what Lewis Carroll called a ‘Porte manteau Word', in that it tries to put some very different things into the same box. I suspect that this is because society has had a tendency to simply label any behaviour which it does not understand in the same way. Thus manias, melancholia, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, simple schizophrenia, hebephrenia, catatonia, schizo-affective disorder, bi-polar, hypo-manic, hyper-manic, hearing voices etc..' have been so grouped together. But what does this ‘madness' mean other than the loss of reason?
Thus similar such words tend to be defined in a purely negative way: it is abnormal, insane, unusual, non-sensical, non-compus mentis, deficient, deranged and not rational. people are thought to have ‘lost their minds'. The negative definitional aspect of madness can also be found in a number of popularly used slang expressions such as ‘not all there', ‘not right', ‘not a full shilling', ‘not a full deck', ‘one sandwich short of a picnic' etc. But where is the understanding of having a health problem in all this negative talk?