It’s Not Just Chit-Chat

I typically dislike euphemisms.  For an excellent primer on how euphemisms can subtly change the meaning and impact of language, look at the late, great George Carlin’s brilliant comedic essay on how “shell shock” eventually became “PTSD”.  His point is that euphemistic language can sometimes soften and “tame” difficult concepts.  Perhaps we would do well…

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The Verbose Patient

In my work, one question that comes up on a regular basis is, “How do I deal with the patient who hijacks the appointment by dominating conversation?”  If you have been around for a while, you know what they mean. This is the patient who talks to the point that little or nothing can be…

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