Chapter

‘Why Try?’

Graham Thornicroft

in Shunned

Published on behalf of ©Graham Thornicroft

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780198570981
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198570981.003.0008

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

‘Why Try?’

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The decision of Leroy, and of many others in his position, to conclude: ‘Why try?’ is the subject of this chapter. Sometimes this attitude is a result of painful experiences which people with mental illnesses want to avoid repeating. At other times such choices do not come after such experiences of rejection, but in anticipation of failure. This complex set of expectations, actions, reactions, inhibitions, avoidance, loss of confidence, and social withdrawal is sometimes called ‘self-stigma’.

Chapter.  8408 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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