Disabled folks are more likely to experience mental health challenges due to societal barriers and stigma, not to mention internalized ableism. It is essential for therapists to provide accessible, disability-affirming therapy for these individuals by incorporating disability-affirming approaches into treatment that can improve outcomes and promote overall well-being.
When discussing disability, language matters. The words we use to describe disabled individuals can empower or harm them. One language trend that has gained popularity in recent years is Person-First Language (PFL), which prioritizes the person over their disability, such as saying "person with a disability" instead of "disabled person." PFL was created to promote respect and equality, but it has also been met with controversy. Some disability advocates argue that PFL can be disempowering and reinforce negative stereotypes. In this article, we will examine the problem with Person-First Language when discussing disability, explore the arguments against it, and propose an alternative approach that affirms the identities of disabled individuals.
Disability and depression are two complex and interconnected issues affecting millions worldwide. People with disabilities experience physical or mental conditions that limit their ability to perform daily activities. At the same time, depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities. There is a well-established link between disability and depression, with disabled individuals being at higher risk of developing depression compared to the general population. This is due to a variety of factors, including physical limitations, social stigma, lack of access to resources, and financial stress. The impact of depression on disabled individuals can be severe, affecting their physical health, mental health, social life, and economic status. It is crucial to understand the link between disability and depression and develop effective strategies for prevention and treatment to improve the well-being of disabled individuals.