Getting personal

Graham Thornicroft

in Shunned

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Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780198570981
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754463 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Getting personal

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"These themes (fearful misunderstandings of the illness by others, separating from intimate partners and loss of confidence in trying to develop new relationships) recur time and again in the stories of people talking about their experience of severe mental illness. For many, the endpoint is reaching the conclusion ‘why try’. In other words, expecting failure, humiliation and emotional pain, they decide not to even try to form close relationships again. This chapters look at the impact of mental illness on friendship, intimate relationships, sexual relationships, marriage, divorce, and children."

Chapter.  10283 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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