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I want to help my loved one on their journey to recovery. What are some words or phrases that are unconsciously stigmatizing, and that I should avoid?
@mysticempressa Thank you for your reply. I especially find your suggestion of mentioning the strengths of my loved one as a practical and useful way to help.
From my lived experience with a mental health condition, I would say some words are more disempowering like calling your loved one a “patient”, “schizophrenic” or whatever other condition they have as their label. They have a condition, but it doesn’t define them. Perhaps acknowledging their strengths as a person would also make a difference in supporting their recovery. I know it did for me.