I agree that the language we use is important. At the same time, though, no one is ever going to agree on what language is and isn’t appropriate. The words I choose to use in relation to my own illness aren’t necessarily going to be the same words that someone else prefers. And while stigma may be attached to labels, changing a label in and of itself won’t necessarily change the underlying stigma. Definitely a complex issue.

Mental health blogger | Former MH nurse | Living with depression | Author of 3 books, latest is Managing the Depression Puzzle | mentalhealthathome.org

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