Difference between revisions of "Terminology"

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* Instead of words like "psychosis", "delusion" or "hallucination", we use phrases like "perceiving a different reality".
 
* Instead of words like "psychosis", "delusion" or "hallucination", we use phrases like "perceiving a different reality".
** In our experience, treating one experience of reality as more objectively true than another is usually unhelpful, and risks losing the trust of the patient. See [[Supporting people perceiving a different reality to you protocol]] for more on this.
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** In our experience, treating one experience of reality as more objectively true than another is usually unhelpful, and risks losing the trust of the person you are supporting. See [[Supporting people perceiving a different reality to you protocol]] for more on this.
 
* Instead of words like "splitting", we use phrases like "sudden emotional swings".
 
* Instead of words like "splitting", we use phrases like "sudden emotional swings".
** "Splitting" is a hugely contested term and is often weaponised against people with certain diagnoses. Using that term risks losing the trust of the patient.
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** "Splitting" is a hugely contested term and is often weaponised against people with certain diagnoses. Using that term risks losing the trust of the person you are supporting.
  
 
When choosing what language to use you should remember that '''good care is not the same thing as medicine'''. Many terms that are commonplace in medical practice may carry this kind of baggage. If in doubt, take your lead from what terms patients prefer to use.
 
When choosing what language to use you should remember that '''good care is not the same thing as medicine'''. Many terms that are commonplace in medical practice may carry this kind of baggage. If in doubt, take your lead from what terms patients prefer to use.

Revision as of 13:32, 4 May 2020

This resource is a draft - it is undergoing review to fact check and improve it prior to adoption. It should only be used if you cannot find other options, and you should err on the side of caution while using it.

Careful use of language is important, not only to ensure we understand one another, but also to ensure we maintain the trust of the people we are caring for. Without that trust, caring for people becomes a lot harder.

To that end, we try to avoid using terms that get misused or weaponised by doctors.

  • Instead of words like "psychosis", "delusion" or "hallucination", we use phrases like "perceiving a different reality".
  • Instead of words like "splitting", we use phrases like "sudden emotional swings".
    • "Splitting" is a hugely contested term and is often weaponised against people with certain diagnoses. Using that term risks losing the trust of the person you are supporting.

When choosing what language to use you should remember that good care is not the same thing as medicine. Many terms that are commonplace in medical practice may carry this kind of baggage. If in doubt, take your lead from what terms patients prefer to use.