Diagnosis Dilemma: On Identifying as Ill

What is mental illness? This is the question that has been raised by the recent publication of the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), its first major update in twenty years. Often referred to as the psychiatrist’s Bible, this guidebook of the American Psychiatric Association lays out the classifications … Continue reading

Who are you Calling Crazy? Illness, Identity and Intersectionality

We often hear that mental illness can affect anyone, that it knows no boundaries of race, age, gender or class. Whilst it is of course true that no group is immune, and that the suffering and limitations caused by the illness are equally distressing whoever you are, there are nevertheless discernible patterns in incidence and … Continue reading