Cripping Care for Individuals with Psychiatric Disability: Looking Beyond Self-Determination Frameworks to Address Treatment and Recovery

  • Meghann Elizabeth O'Leary University of Illinois Chicago
Keywords: care, self-determination, psychiatric disability, disability studies

Abstract

This paper seeks to intervene in mental health discourses of self-determination as well as disability studies discourses concerning care. Attending to the material, gendered, and racialized individual care needs of living, cooking, cleaning, working, and raising children is an affirmative step towards alleviating the difficulties in navigating mental distress and treatment for white women and, especially, women of color in the global north.

Author Biography

Meghann Elizabeth O'Leary, University of Illinois Chicago
Meghann O’Leary is currently a PhD candidate in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Vassar College. Her research interests include the intersections of Mad Studies and Disability Studies as well as providing an intersectional lens to the study of life writings by women diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. Her current work involves placing life writings by women with psychiatric disabilities in a historical, cultural and political context to frame the relationship between disability, madness and gender.

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Published
2017-12-01
Section
Cripping Care: Care Pedagogies and Practices Special Forum