Mental Health Conditions Are Not Adjectives


In 1969, in an interview with the Paris Review, E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, said the following: “I do feel a responsibility to society because of going into print: a writer has the duty to be good, not lousy; true, not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error. He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down. Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”

As writers, we have a great responsibility; we must be careful how we represent–or refuse to represent–certain conditions, cultures, identities, etc.