It's Time To Stop Using These Phrases When It Comes To Mental Illness

April 17, 2015 12:05 PM

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It's Time To Stop Using These Phrases When It Comes To Mental Illness

Research by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy shows the loaded words used to describe drug addiction, such as "clean" vs. "dirty," can actually drive people away from getting help, The Huffington Post reported in March.

The same is true of terminology used to describe mental illness, where phrases such as "unsuccessful suicide" can exacerbate rather than improve the dialogue surrounding suicide and depression.

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