The Princess and privacy |

The Princess and privacy

Dear Editor:”Oh, you mean Jane the schizophrenic who was busted yelling at the fish in the Hartford Aquarium? The one who drives the blue BMW?” my dad would say. Or, “You’re talking about Jeff R., the bipolar cop who handcuffed his wife to the mailbox naked” (“Bend the rules or follow them?” Comment & Opinion, The Aspen Times, March 30).How regrettable that any therapist would speak in such a derogatory manner, and more regrettable, that editors decided the derogations worthy of print.When you wonder how America can have such negative appreciation of mental health, look to the above: Members of mental health professions utter insults about the people they are supposed to be helping, the utterances are not private, but shared, and ultimately appear in print, abetted by editors accustomed to such language, and inured sufficiently to present it.Harold A. Maio Fort Myers, Fla.Former consulting editor, Psychiatric Rehabilitation JournalBoston University

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