Talking Back to The Language Police

Language police control ideas as well as words

Recently, I got “beat up” by the language police in a bloody Facebook fight. I was charged with:

1. Using the term “SMI” to refer to the “Seriously Mentally Ill” population.

2. Asserting that conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were “organic brain disorders,” different than situational issues such as trauma-based depression or stress-related anxiety.

The “language police,” aware of my personal history with traumas from hospitalizations and misdiagnoses, blasted me for my “hypocrisy,” and “holier than thou” attitude. Many people shared stories of having been traumatized by narrow-minded or inaccurate

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Donovan Gardner – Why Family Support Was Important to Me

Family support made the difference for Donovan Gardner. (Photo by Rod McBride)

Don’t get me wrong. I’m nothing without GOD, so I stay in church and let the Word lead me. My family is my backbone. Without family support, I can’t stand.

My Dad Had Problems, But Loved Me

First, my dad gave me vision, and believed. I cry to myself as I write this, not because I’m weak, but because I write from the heart, and my dad was part of my heart. Always love, no matter what anyone else thinks, he was a good man. But they

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