I’ve been seeing posts recently with the message that diagnosable disorders are not/should not be used carelessly as adjectives.
I know people who have told me that this sort of thing really doesn’t bother them, and I certainly won’t tell people what should or shouldn’t offend them. However it’s a sentiment that makes sense to me. From my perspective, when these words are used frivolously, they lose their meaning. This can belittle the experiences of people who live with these conditions. And while they should not be stigmatized, they should be treated with seriousness and respect.
These graphics provide suggestions for alternative adjectives. Shifting your vocabulary does take a bit of effort, but it’s really not as difficult as people make it out to be. It’s not about self-policing so much as having an arsenal of alternative words that are more accurate anyway.
Also I hadn’t done anything visually creative in a while and I wanted to do a thing.
(PS The graphics are supposed to represent the alternative adjectives, not necessarily the disorders).
(PPS This isn’t something I think there’s necessarily a right or wrong side to be on and I’m not telling you what to do honestly and my ask is open if you want to disagree with me actively)