Major changes are afoot with the DSM-V. This won’t be news to anyone following the developments, but the term ‘dementia’ will no longer be used in favour of ‘neurocognitive disorder’.
It reminds me of how ‘firetruck’, if used often enough as a euphemism for, ah, other words, will then begin to develop the same aura and have to be replaced by another fresh word until that too is tarnished. (Linguistic theory has a term for this process but I can’t recall it.)
This is not to say that the change of names isn’t pragmatic. However, I’m worried that there is something more deeply cultural and socially wider that is not being ‘treated’ by the alteration in nomenclature.
And so it is with ‘moron’, ‘retarded’, ‘intellectually challenged’, ‘special’ - all ‘nicer’ ways of saying things we secretly dislike - big fleas have littler fleas upon their back to bite ‘em…