The following definitions make up the essence of Catching Karens; A mental health resource dedicated to catching everyone out there falling almost crazy, including Karens.

  • Amber Traps: The inherent tendency of mental health professionals taking existing diagnosis at face value, perpetuating a diagnosis as hardened fact regardless of validity and without significant challenge or peer review.
  • Bias: (n) Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
  • Bias Drift: The tendency for prejudice in favor of or against something to creep off mark over over time, often slowly over time in a way considered to be unfair.
  • Bipolar I Disorder: defined by manic episodes that last for at least 7 days (nearly every day for most of the day) or by manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs immediate medical care. Usually, depressive episodes occur as well, typically lasting at least 2 weeks. (NIH)
  • Bipolar II Disorder: defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes. The hypomanic episodes are less severe than the manic episodes in bipolar I disorder. (NIH)
  • Confirmation bias: the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms or supports one's prior beliefs or values.
  • Delusion: A false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly sustained despite what almost everybody else believes and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence to the contrary. (NIH)
  • Denial: (n) the action of declaring something to be untrue. Usually despite obvious support in favor otherwise.
  • Empathy: (n) the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
  • Entitlement: (n) the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.
  • Fortune Cookie Therapy: (slang) The tendency for mental health providers to give grossly oversimplified and naively positive therapy advice often in passing or over social media without full context of risks, limitations and failures; A form of toxic positivity where providers insinuate everything will always be OK or better. Includes therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists & life coaches/motivating speakers.
  • Gaslighting: (v) manipulate (someone) using psychological methods into questioning their own sanity or powers of reasoning.
  • Hip Shot Therapy: (slang) The tendency for mental health professionals to provide life-altering advice haphazardly in passing, with little aim or regard for the repercussions this advice can bring a patient or patient family short and long term. Includes psychiatrists, doctors (MDs), and therapists.
  • Hypomania / Hypomanic EpisodesMilder symptoms of mania in bipolar disorder without the presence of psychosis.
  • Ignorance: (n) lack of knowledge or information.
  • Karen: (slang) A good person having a very bad moment, unrelated to race, gender or creed. Usually accompanied by a strong sense of entitlement, limited peer review, and an ignorant false sense of authority; A big fish in a small pond, flexing unwarranted authority inappropriately;
  • Karenian: A state of being a Karen; the act of existing as a Karen or taking Karen measures.
  • Karenian Risk: The inherent potential for someone to be a Karen; usually influenced by lack of peer review and objective outside opinion. MD's, managers, rich housewives, police officers, police officer spouses, and other authoritative-based professions run high Karenian Risk.
  • Mixed Manic Episodes: occur when a person exhibits symptoms of both depression and mania, or depression and hypomania.
  • Psychosis: a severe mental condition in which thought and emotions are so affected that contact is lost with external reality.
  • Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder (RCBD): is defined as four or more affective episodes (depression, mania or hypomania) within 1 year. RCBD has a high point of prevalence (from 10% to 20% among clinical bipolar samples) and is associated with greater severity, longer illness duration, worse global functioning and higher suicidal risk, but there is no consensus on treatment option. (NIH)
  • Stigma: (n) A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
  • Tragedy of the Commons: A metaphor that refers to a situation in which individuals with access to a public resource (also called a common) act in their own interest and, in doing so, ultimately deplete the resource.
  • Woke: (a) Aware of and actively attentive to important societal facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice); the belief there are systemic injustices in American society and the need to address them (Merriam-Webster; DeSantis); often an overcompensatory attitude of entitlement accompanies wokeism.
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