How one word may have harmed my patient

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

This childhood rhyme aims to teach children to be resilient, that not all words have to hold power. As psychiatrists, we know this is a lofty goal. So much damage and hurt can come from a simple word. Here is an example of how the word “behavioral” has hurt me.

I work at a large statewide nonprofit organization as …

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