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The SAGE Handbook of Mental Health and Illness is a landmark volume, which integrates the conceptual, empirical, and evidence-based threads of mental health as an area of study, research, and practice. It approaches mental health from two perspectives - firstly as a positive state of well-being and personal and social functioning and secondly as psychological difference or abnormality in its social context.

Stigma and Mental Disorder
Stigma and mental disorder
Introduction: Goffman's Classic Study

Cultural norms proscribing attributes, traits or conditions regarded as shameful or in some way deviant have a long history. In fact both philosophical and sociological arguments have been invoked to assert the inevitability or omnipresence of such norms. According to the philosopher ...

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