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Not a Single One

I hear a lot of parents say that they had to give up on their dreams and expectations for their children. It’s not always parents of autistic children. Sometimes, it’s parents of children without any disabilities, but it does seem to be a recurring theme in communities where parents of autistic children gather.

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Stigma and Recovery

Stigma and Recovery
Lay views of psychological differences and attributions of stigma
In every culture, there is some notion of emotional and psychological difference, but these differences are not identified in the same way by different cultures.
Users of mental health services, rejecting the notion of ‘mental illness’ have often opted for the term ‘mental distress’.

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The Organisation of Mental Health Work

[CN: Insitutionalisation]
The Organisation of Mental Health Work
The rise of the asylum and its legacy
Incarceration in asylums is seen as linked to the wider scale containment of social deviancy.
Goffman (1961) proposed four types of total institutions:
1. Those that care for the ‘incapable’ and ‘harmless’ (e.g., nursing homes)

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Ageing and Mental Health

[CN: Child abuse]
Ageing and Mental Health
Age and the lifecourse
Age is another dimension of social patterning. There are three main concerns when considering age and aging as a social factor:
1. Identification of structural and institutional influences that pattern early exposure to stress.
2. Stress universes for different people at different ages.