“Birth Is Not ‘Natural’ And Pregnancy Is Not Just For ‘Goddesses'” | Scary Mommy

“Consider These Problems—and Solutions—in Your Mental Health Coverage” | Poynter

“Do We Need to End the ‘War’ on Cancer?” | The Guardian

  • Battle, beat, enemy, fight, survivor

“Fifty Psychological and Psychiatric Terms to Avoid: A List of Inaccurate, Misleading, Misused, Ambiguous, and Logically Confused Words and Phrases” | Frontiers in Psychology

  • Words and phrases to avoid or use sparingly and with explicit caveats, including autism epidemic, chemical imbalance, and genetically determined.

“Here’s How to Respectfully Talk about HIV” | Mic

  • The problem with full-blown AIDS
  • People living with HIV vs. HIV-positive people
  • Why activities and groups of people are not high-risk
  • Reasons for avoiding the terms unsafe sex or unprotected sex

“How Editors Can Save Lives by Taking Special Care When Reporting on Suicide” | Press Gazette

  • The increase in suicides after news reports and depictions of suicide
  • Being conscious of inadvertently teaching through excessive detail
  • The research showing that people vulnerable to details are also open to suggestions to get help

“How the Abortion Debate Moved Away From ‘Safe, Legal, and Rare’” | Vox

  • “Advocates have argued that calling for abortion to be ‘rare’ just makes it even harder for people who already struggle to get the procedure—who are disproportionately likely to be poor, people of color, LGBTQ, immigrants, or belong to more than one of these groups—to push for their right to get it.”

“How to Talk to Your Partner About Postpartum Depression, According to Experts” | Romper

  • Techniques for keeping communication open and reducing strain on the relationship

“How Patients Hear Their Diagnoses Can Change Everything About What Happens Next” | Quartz

  • The results of a survey of studies examining the effect of doctors’ terminology on patients’ choice of treatment

“How We Label People with Mental Illness Influences Tolerance Toward Them” | Medical News Today

  • Mentally ill vs. people with mental illness
  • How language choice is not simply “political correctness”
  • The research findings published in The Journal of Counseling & Development

“In the Intense Debate Over Abortion, Precise Language Doesn’t Mean Taking Sides” | Poynter

  • “No matter what your personal views on whether abortion should be legal, accept that there is definitive science that uses a common and accurate language.”

“Lessons From Writing for a Mental Health Chatbot” | Hopelab

“Life-Saving Opioid Addiction Treatments Get a Negative Slant” | Columbia Journalism Review

“A Michigan Case Triggers Debate Over the Terminology for Female Genital Mutilation” | Slate

  • The use of female genital cutting, female genital mutilation (FGM), female circumcision, mutilation

“No, You Shouldn’t Call Someone ‘Crazy.’ But Do We Have to Ban the Word Entirely?” | Self

  • A nuanced examination of “crazy” by people with mental illnesses and mental health experts

“People Diagnosed With Cancer Often Don’t Embrace the Term ‘Survivor’” | The Conversation

  • “Among the negative responses to the term ‘cancer survivor,’ the most common theme had to do with its disregarding the patient’s fear of recurrence. One woman’s response captures the essence of this concern: ‘I feel like I’m tempting fate when I say I’ve survived it.’”

“Sanism and the Language of Mental Illness” | Iva Cheung

  • The need for mainstream terminology to describe discrimination against people with mental illness
  • Sanism vs. mentalism
  • Comparison of sanism with other forms of institutionalized discrimination and stigmas, such as Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and racism

“Stop Asking Me If I ‘Saved Room’ for Dessert” | Eater

“The Trouble With American Views of Female Genital Cutting” | The Society Pages

  • “Mutilation is, perhaps by definition, the opposite of healing and of what physicians are called to do. Defining [female genital cutting] this way allows, and even demands, that we wholly condemn the practices, take a zero tolerance stance, and refuse to entertain any other point of view. Paradoxically, this has been devastating for efforts to reduce genital cutting.”

“We Need to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder for What It Really Is—a Response to Trauma” | The Conversation

  • “If we started thinking about it as a trauma-spectrum condition, patients might start being viewed as victims of past injustice, rather than perpetrators of their own misfortune.”

“What I’ve Learned Reporting About Lyme Disease, a Contested Illness” | Columbia Journalism Review

  • “Journalists are in a unique position to shape how people view contested illnesses and the people suffering from them. It is both vital and possible to be simultaneously empathetic and accurate.”

“What to Say (and Not to Say) to Someone Grieving a Suicide” | The New York Times

“What to Say When Someone Has a Miscarriage (and What Not to Say)” | Anne Sage

“Why I Refuse to Use Cancer Metaphors About a ‘War,’ ‘Fight,’ or ‘Battle’” | Self

  • “The issue is when those who have no direct experience with the disease impose this language indiscriminately on others when everyone’s experience of cancer is different.”

“Why ‘Substance Abuse’ Is a Label We Should All Reject” | Pacific Standard

  • Person with substance use disorder vs. substance abuser

“Why We Need to Stop Using ‘Bipolar’ as an Adjective” | Study Breaks

  • “There are other adjectives, such as wishy-washy, unreasonable, rash, finicky and more, that…would communicate what you mean more effectively.”

“Why Women Aren’t Crazy” | The Good Men Project

  • Using crazy to dismiss and manipulate

“Why Words Matter When We’re Talking About Mental Illnesses” (infographic) | Feminism in India

  • The words we tend to use and the words we should use for describing feelings vs. mental illness

“Words Matter When Talking About Pain With Your Doctor” | NPR

“Writing Your Disability or Chronic Illness” | The Open Notebook

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