I was disappointed that the WHO report on depression did not attract any coverage from major news organizations like CNN, NBC, or The New York Times. That same week, there was intense daily coverage of the MERS virus, which has killed zero Americans and 200 people worldwide. The epidemic that is already upon us was ignored.
Words like "addict," "abuser" and "alcoholic" are widely used indiscriminately to describe people who struggle with substance use issues and are laden with negative connotations for much of the culture. As a psychologist who treats substance use disorders I usually discourage my clients and their families from using these words to describe themselves or their loved one.
People seem to have this mistaken impression that changing the name of something changes the way people feel about that thing. And while, this may work, to a small degree, some of the time, it certainly isn't the answer to a huge problem like the prejudice and discrimination seen against those with a mental illness.