We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our editor sent me a piece at Hatemonger's Quarterly, in which they note schoolkids using the phrase "You have issues" as an insult. I think that is pretty funny.
That is a new one to me, but I know a phrase that is going around the high schools is "emo." The high school kids call people "emo" who are overly emotional, moody, who take themselves too seriously and appear self-obsessed.
It's worth reading, but far from an easy read. The wonderful Robert Coles said of the book:
Philip Rieff has become out most learned and provocative critic of psychoanalytic thinking and of the compelling mind and character of its first proponent. Rieff's Freud: The Mind of the Moralist remains the sharpest exegesis yet to be done on the moral and intellectual implications of Freud's work. It was a critical masterpiece, worthy of the man who inspired it; and it is now followed by a work that suffers not at all in comparison. No review can do justice to the richness of The Triumph of the Therapeutic."
Re: saying other kids have "issues". Sometimes kids are dissing each other when they say this. But perhaps better saying "issues" than some of the other remarks they throw out like psycho, wacko, ho, that's so gay, etc. A coworker's plump juvenile delinquent refuses to ride on the Special Ed school bus he is for some PC reason entitled to ride to school and makes her drive him to and from school. Reason? "I won't ride the Tard Car!" Some of the kids he would ride with have worse disorders than he does, but they can be helped. You can't treat stupid and vicious.
Sometimes the highlighted bulimic bimbos with Vineyard Vines bags will silkily sneer "His issues... you know..." with the same pretend concern manifest when someone asks for prayer for someone in an evangelical prayer group, preparatory to dishing out some truly damaging gossip about them....
But sometimes kids will talk about "issues" out of a genuine respect for someone else's privacy, and the desire not to follow their parents' gossippy, labelling example. I will often query in concern or exasperation in the car to my kids "What has happened to Laurel/Joel" or whoever The kids will say they have issues as a way of signalling there is a problem, but it is none of my business, they are watching out for and protective of and friends with them so BACK OFF nosy adult.
Many kids where I live have seen shrinks, been put on meds, for behaviors and problems that would have been tolerated or else spanked out of them somewhere else. Others have contended with drunken, drug addicted, mad parents at home, success stories in the financial world. Those kids have issues tho their parents would die rather than admit it, mostly ones of adult irresponsibility, adults who groom them for competitive success, giving them every material and cultural advantage except the parents' time and attention and priority for more than bragging rights.
I've raised my kids to accept that everyone has issues. As the old story about policemen dividing the world into two kinds of people goes (perpetrators and those not yet caught), and as a popular evangelical book by Ortberg has it "Everyone's Normal, Until You Get to Know them."