'Listen to my madness': understanding the experiences of people with serious mental illness.

@article{Lester2005ListenTM,
  title={'Listen to my madness': understanding the experiences of people with serious mental illness.},
  author={Helen E Lester and Jonathan Tritter},
  journal={Sociology of health & illness},
  year={2005},
  volume={27 5},
  pages={649-69}
}
This article explores the salience of disability theory for understanding the experiences of people with serious mental illness. Drawing on data from a focus group study, we suggest that users experience both impairment (as embodied irrationality) which can, in itself, be oppressive, and also have to manage their lives within a largely disabling society. We outline some of the strategies adopted by users to manage their situation and ensure they access and receive health services, and… CONTINUE READING