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Could your words be hurting someone with mental health issues?

Cheapism Logo By Carol Povenmire, Ph.D. of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 15: We often use colorful expressions and casual references to emotional states and conditions to describe our lives. They are shorthand terms for the ways we experience our feelings and behaviors and those of others around us. Those terms that so easily roll off our tongues have the potential to deeply wound those who actually experience depression, anxiety or other forms of psychological distress. Rarely will people who actually struggle with these issues casually refer to “acting OCD,” “anorexing for the weekend,” or “going crazy for an evening.” Here are some ways to be more sensitive to those who may be experiencing mental health issues or distress. 
  Related:
  Why People Avoid Seeking Mental Health Care

  Carol Povenmire, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with a practice in Pasadena, California.

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We often use colorful expressions and casual references to emotional states and conditions to describe our lives. They are shorthand terms for the ways we experience our feelings and behaviors and those of others around us. Those terms that so easily roll off our tongues have the potential to deeply wound those who actually experience depression, anxiety or other forms of psychological distress. Rarely will people who actually struggle with these issues casually refer to “acting OCD,” “anorexing for the weekend,” or “going crazy for an evening.” Here are some ways to be more sensitive to those who may be experiencing mental health issues or distress. 

Related: Why People Avoid Seeking Mental Health Care

Carol Povenmire, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with a practice in Pasadena, California.

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