On Episode 20 of You, Me, Empathy, I explore the Language of Mental Health with lexicographer Kory Stamper. We talk about the history of mental health language, why audience and intent matter, and ways we can be more inclusive with our words.
We also chat about how mental illness is different for everybody, the fear and weariness of talking about mental health, developing language patterns based on who we speak to, and the patience we need to allow others to react and process when we describe mental health or mental illness.
Kory Stamper, as a lexicographer and major language nerd, also shares etymologies of certain words, such as "crazy" and"nuts."
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