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July 29, 2007


Harold A. Maio

judgmental/ nonjudgmental

growing up with a schizophrenic mother, growing up with a mother who had schizophrenia."a cancerous mother?"
You are not schizophrenic yourself, You do not have schizophrenia yourself. "cancerous yourself?"
understand her experience without going through the grueling life of a mentally ill person, her grueling life.
who is herself afflicted with a bipolar disorder, who herself has bipolar disorder
repeated employ of "mental hospital"

Before I was to do a show at two hospitals recently, I was told that the patients were up and down and easily distracted, but this wasn’t true when I presented this work.
I had a similar experience at a mental institution ( I will not employ your term) in Ottawa. Invited to present to, in additiron to professional staff, a group of people with illnesses, all entered the room with their heads hung; after my presentation, all left with their heads high. By their postures "I was told" a great deal. History "has told" us a great deal about mental institutions, we choose not to learn the lessons.

I wonder why that is?

Harold A. Maio
Advisory Board
American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Board Member
Partners in Crisis
Former Consulting Editor
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Boston University
Language Consultant
UPENN Collaborative on Community Integration
of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities
8955 Forest St
Ft Myers FL 33907

Somerville Resident

It seems to me that people who have nothing better to do spend their time masturbating over whether particular words are politically correct or not. Grammatically the originally sentences are correct, and they are shorter, which is a plus. "I grew up with an alcoholic mother"; "I grew up with a blond mother". Are these problematic? No, they are shorter than "I grew up with a mother who was an alcoholic" and "I grew up with a mother who had blond hair". The problem is schizophrenia, not the words use to refer to it. So, Harold Maio, Former Consulting Editor of Something, please keep your misguided outrage for more important causes. Thank you.

Sylvia Caras

It's easier to use simple words and provide a quick fix. But I agree with Harold Mayo that critical analysis is crucial. Different constructions and different words create different emphasis.

I like this phrasing: "Changing how the public labels categories changes the associations those labels invoke in people's minds, which in turn changes their affective attitudes toward what is being described." David Green, Hofstra University

Somerville Resident

That is why, in this extreme politically correct era, mental health is so neglected. It seems to me that, IF there was anything to these arguments then it should be the opposite: as PC words increase, things get better. Instead, the emphasis on PC words has the opposite effect: they make it impossible to talk frankly about certain topics.
All is well on the surface, let's just not talk about the substance of it.

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