This paper seeks to understand how people with a psychiatric diagnosis perceive themselves and is perceived upon by others. In order to grasp this we have interviewed four individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis with the goal to examine their worldview. Furthermore we have made shorter interviews but greater in quantity. This was with the intention to establish an idea about how the general public view these diagnosed individuals. The project has a focus on identity. To examine and explain this occurring theme we have selected to implement concepts such as Self- Categorization Theory, Social Identity Theory, the classification system ICD-10 and the conceptualizations made by Thomas S. Szazs together with Svend Brinkmann and Anders Petersen. These have been selected because they aid us in the understanding of such complex concepts as identity and cognitive processes as our informants experience them.
We found that diagnosed individuals in certain instances have a hard time to distinguish their identity and diagnosis as different entities and they quickly overlap each other. Furthermore they are met with skepticism and a feeling of lack of understanding thus separating them from the norm. We see some interpretations of a diagnosed individual to be less capable and we found that diagnosed humans want to redefine and understand themselves. They want to fathom what it means to be mentally ill and they want understanding from other human beings and to be seen in their individuality. These processes are clearly made difficult by the psychiatric departments attempt to diagnose and treat the individuals thus restraining them in a sick personality. This has a great influence on how the individual can form his or her identity, how the process of forming this identity is experienced with the normative stimuli from the outside world. All these factors, if done in a positive way, should lead to an acceptance of the identity. If not so the identity are experiences as fragmented and, in the essence, abnormal.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||24 jun. 2017|