It’s very sad that Martin E.P. Seligman, who boasts being president of “the world’s largest association of mental-illness workers,” would choose to label the mentally ill as crazy [“Don’t confuse evil with crazy,” op-ed, Jan. 4]. That says it all about the crazy, ahem, mental-illness system.

While the bulk of Mr. Seligman’s commentary might have contained valid points, it was drowned out by his unnecessary labeling. I don’t hold out much hope for those struggling with various forms of mental illness when someone in a position of power uses the term in this way.

Marc Permut, Alexandria