“Do We Need to End the ‘War’ on Cancer?” | The Guardian
- Battle, beat, enemy, fight, survivor
- Words and phrases to avoid or use sparingly and with explicit caveats, including autism epidemic, chemical imbalance, and genetically determined.
- 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
- 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
- Techniques for keeping communication open and reducing strain on the relationship.
- 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
- The use of female genital cutting, female genital mutilation (FGM), female circumcision, mutilation.
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“Why ‘Substance Abuse’ Is a Label We Should All Reject” | Pacific Standard
- Person with substance use disorder vs. substance abuser
“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.
- BuzzFeed’s Style Guidelines for Writing About Mental Health
- Covering Suicide and Mental Illness | Mindframe National Media Initiative
- Language Matters in Mental Health | Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
- Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide | Reporting on Suicide
- Reporting on Mental Health Conditions | American Psychiatric Association
- Sharing Your Story Publicly | National Eating Disorders Association
- TEAM Up’s Mental Health Resources for Journalists