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Lecture 2

Week 2: Gods, Demons, The DSM, and other Suspects

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Disability Studies
DST 500
Erick Fabris

Week 2: Gods, Demons, The DSM and Other Suspects What Causes Madness?  Insanity  Neurotransmitters  medical  Witches  Genetic predisposition (family) o Medical: 10x more likely b/c sister has it o Social: grew up with sister schizophrenic  Psychotic  Environment, trauma, abuse, neglect  Possessed by demons, etc  Things that we think are ridiculous now (witches) was the truth back then  Ideas around madness never fixed What Words do we Use to Describe Mad People?  Street o Crazy o Insane o Bonkers o Druggie o Addict  Social o Person first (putting person first without diagnosis compared to, he has skitzophrenia) o Disabled o Consumer o Survivor o Mad identified  Medical o Disturbed o Mentally ill o Mentally insane o Mentally unstable o Depressed o Substance use o Bipolar o Multiple personality Psychiatric Survivor  1970s, everyone doing LSD  People being locked up, upset about it  They identified themselves as this  People who understand themselves who have survived the institution, not the illness  They had a difficult time, forced again will  Mad people chose to identify themselves Consumer  1980s  Language that people who use mental health services?  Supposed to empower  more agency  Describes someone that uses the mental health services  Used to use word ‘patient’, but seemed passive  Aren’t very radical as psych survivor  Some people didn’t like to be called consumer o Language of choice, but might not have a choice o Can’t just go to convenience mental health store o Eg, you will see a shrink in a year, not right away  Language deceptive, limited resources, OHIP limited  Eg, someone who was made to be institutionalized  Reclaiming language  eg, queer, used to be derogatory, but they reclaimed the word, no longer derogatory o Eg, n-word, slut walk  “Mad Pride”  eg they have a walk, celebration  Mad identity  Struggle with words always there, debates Language Categories  Pathology: origin, nature, study of disease o Patient  Rehabilitation o Client  Self help o Member o Survivor  Client: business transaction, like consumer, CAMH uses client and patient  Newest label, people with lived experience (PWLE) o Critique, vague, everyone has lived experience different people, diff experience (eg homeless person vs person who takes pills but rich)  Suggestion o To use survivor/survivors, mad person/ mad people  Getting used to not using mental illness Neurotransmission  Serotonin  neurotransmitter o Regulates lots of things, hunger, desire, sle
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