Chapter 1: The Broken Dialogue: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience Next Chapter
Chapter 1: The Broken Dialogue: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience
A recent pamphlet published by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) states on its opening page that ‘mental illnesses are disorders of the brain that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, moods, and ability to relate to others. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are brain disorders. … [They] are not a result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing.’ On the next page, we see the words ‘Open Your Mind: mental illnesses are brain disorders.’ Flipping the pamphlet over, one notices in small print: ‘This material made possible by an educational grant from Lilly Neuroscience: improving lives, restoring hope.’
Clearly, this ...