Un-Boxed Brain

An Open Letter to New Parents of Neurotypicality

[CN: Martyr parents] I came across an awful post yesterday, and it’s not really that unique. It’s a fairly typical example of what we read regularly about us and about our children. So, I decided to change it. I’ve changed the word autism to neurotypicality, the term special needs (my needs aren’t special; they just …

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Race and ethnicity

Race and ethnicity Theoretical presuppositions It’s important to note that many social policies have been influenced by eugenics principles. This means that, historically and to an extent today, social policies that intertwine considerations of race and mental health challenges are in fact racist. Race and health A full account of race and mental health challenges …

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Social Stratification

Social Stratification The relationship between social class and health status In general, lower SES is associated with lower life expectancy, higher mortality rates, and higher rates of infant and perinatal mortality. Lower SES is also associated with major mental health challenges. Inequalities in physical and mental class across the different SES groups have been explained …

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Perspectives on Mental Health

[CN: Sanist language] Perspectives on mental health and illness There are three main clinical perspectives used to address mental health. 1. Psychiatry As part of the medical field, psychiatry looks at mental illness in much the same way that other medical professionals look at physical illness. They focus on: identifying “sick” individuals through diagnosis; predicting …

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