Writing Madness, Analysing Madness
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To writers, dramatists, health professionals, and the public at large madness has long been, and remains, a compelling preoccupation. Despite the attention madness has received in both medicine and in popular culture, it remains a diverse and enigmatic entity or experience, defying efforts to comprehensively and adequately comprehend, categorise and manage it. Madness naturally confronts practitioners and researchers in the health and social care disciplines, but it is also encountered by other professionals in, for example, education, the media, and public administration. Most importantly, madness confronts, affects, and afflicts sufferers themselves, alongside their friends, relatives, and carers. The problems caused by mental ill-health, or as we prefer madness, have a pervasive effect on how we lead our public and our private lives. Finding ways of understanding the multitude and variety of experiences of madness is as urgent a project as it has ever been.
KeywordsMental Illness Health Humanity Social Anxiety Disorder Female Genital Mutilation Mental Health Setting
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