While the idea behind inclusive language, it’s also worth recognizing that people may choose to describe themselves in ways that are not consistent with what one “should” say.

I suffer from mental illness; if there wasn’t any suffering involved, it probably wouldn’t be an illness. I know quite a few people who describe themselves as “I am bipolar” or “I am schizophrenic”. I’m inclined to think that people’s right to self-identify and self-describe trumps any guidelines as to what one should or should not say.

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

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