Using real life case studies of people experiencing mental illness, this book identifies how bodily presentation of patients may reflect certain aspects of their ‘lived experience’.
With reference to a range of theoretical perspectives including philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminism and sociology, Mental Illness and the Body explores the ways in which understanding ‘lived experience’ may usefully be applied to mental health practice. Key features include:
Mental Illness and the Body is essential reading for mental health practitioners, allied professionals and anyone with an interest in the body and mental illness.
Preface 1. Introduction 2. Lived Experience 3. Bodily Inscription 4. Women Speaking 5. Unspoken Distress 6. Psychosis 7. The Practitioner's Body 8. The Patient's Body 9. Developing Practice