Opening the episode, Meghan said: “”Raise your hand if you’ve ever been called crazy or hysterical? Or what about nuts, insane, out of your mind, completely irrational? Okay, you get the point.
“Now, if we were all in the same room and could see each other, I think it would be pretty easy to see just how many of us have our hands up? By the way, me too.”
She then goes on to discuss her feelings about the word crazy, the negative connotations it has and the impact of its use on women.
Meghan said she felt “pretty strongly” about the disparaging label.
She added: “The way it is thrown around so casually and the damage it has wrought on society and women, frankly everywhere.
“From relationships to family’s being shattered, reputations destroyed and careers ruined. The stigma surrounding the word, it also has this silencing effect.
“This effect where women experiencing real mental health issues get scared, they stay quiet, they internalise and they repress for far too long.”
‘Calling someone crazy completely dismisses their experience’
Meghan also admitted she was unaware, before recording the episode, that the word “hysteria” came from the Greek word for uterus, hystera.
She said: “Plato himself was actually amongst the Greek philosophers, who believed that the womb would travel around the body adding pressure to other organs, which would then lead to erratic and unreliable behaviour.”
She added: “Calling someone crazy or hysterical completely…