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'Psychotic nympho' Halloween outfit criticised by psychiatrists

From BBC - October 13, 2017

A fancy dress company has been criticised by psychiatrists for selling a Halloween costume they say stigmatises mental illnesses.

Escapade's "psychotic nympho" dress has straitjacket sleeves, a lace-up collar and optional face paint for the "seductive goth" look.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists said it was one of the worst examples of such an outfit it had seen.

Escapade has not yet responded to the BBC's requests for a comment.

'Misleading the public'

A description of the costume on Escapade's website says it is a "sensual outfit" that "expresses a lot of deep desires without you having to utter a single word".

The company also sells other outfits with the word "psycho" in it, including the "cell block psycho" costume and "psycho nurse Sally".

Dr Tony Rao, a psychiatrist and member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said outfits of this kind stigmatised those with mental illnesses by suggesting people should be afraid of them.

He told the BBC: "If you are going to use words like "psychotic" and associate it with "nympho", very pejorative, dramatic and shocking terms that are designed to get sales, then I think that is misleading both the perception of mental illness and misleading the public in promoting the idea that it's something we should be afraid of."

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