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University of Toronto Scarborough
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

Health & Medicine - interest groups have been able to influence the way the medical community have labelled mental illness Labelling & De-labelling Homosexuality - was defined as a mental illness before 1974 in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) - after that, gay activists were seeking to de-stigmatize homosexuality (de-label) Neuroses - center in Freudian therapy - DSM task force tried to eliminate neuroses as a mental disorder (de-label) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - In 1971, Vietnam veterans returned from war - soldiers always have a hard time readjusting to civilian life after war - in 1974, there was a recession - tried to label it as a disorder to get compensation money Self-Defeating Personality Disorder (SDP) - by calling this a mental illness, psychiatrists were guilty of blaming the victim - 1994 DSN de-labelled this Culture & Mental Health - mental disorders are shaped by things other than scientific evidence - social values, political forces – subjective - at the start of the 19 century, in Canada the federal gov’t recognized one mental disorder, imbecility/insanity - by 1975, DSN listed 106 mental disorders - by 1994, DSN recognized 297 mental disorders - in 2001, the Canadian Mental Health Association estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians will be effected w/ a mental
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