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Date of Publication: November 14, 2023
This is a reflection on the nature of language used by psychologists in the contexts of referrals and assessments. Through an example of a brief referral, I attempt to unpack the “clinical” language that may dehumanise and pathologise individuals. Further, I attempt to reframe it through a language, that is not just a shift from “deficits” to “strengths”, rather a discourse respecting personhood. With a brief emphasis on neurodiversity and feminism, I reflect on the importance of incorporating affirmative language whether it is neuro-affirmative, queer-affirmative, age- or caste-affirmative, within and outside mental health practice.
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