Challenging ideas in mental health
Challenging ideas in mental health

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Challenging ideas in mental health

1 Extract 1: Boundaries of explanation

1.1 Introduction

This extract looks at what we are calling ‘boundaries of explanation’. It tackles key issues such as:

  • What are mental health and distress – and who decides?

  • What are the views of people who have acquired a label of ‘mental illness’?

  • What are the views of those who determine – and patrol – the boundary between mental distress and ‘normality’?

The extract looks at language and terminology and the differences between people. It looks at medical and social models, and their competing claims, and introduces a holistic model which embraces key aspects of both approaches.


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