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Gendering Mental HealthKnowledges, Identities, and Institutions$
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Bhargavi V. Davar and T. K. Sundari Ravindran

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199453535

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453535.001.0001

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Identity Constructions for ‘Mentally Disturbed’ Women

Identity Constructions for ‘Mentally Disturbed’ Women

Identities versus Institutions

(p.193) 9 Identity Constructions for ‘Mentally Disturbed’ Women
Gendering Mental Health

Bhargavi V. Davar

Oxford University Press

‘Healthing’ is a process and an everyday practice, and women struggle with establishing a routine about it, which we can repeat every day. What brings sustaining states of wellness and freedom from a sense of malaise is insight and self-reflection, and for some who have been through psychosocial stresses, this is a life career, of living in mindfulness, building insight, and experiencing the self as so many thresholds of transition and transformation. We search for knowledge(s) which reflect our lived realities of disability and wellness, and which respond to our identity questions. This chapter talks about the everydayness of emotional suffering, the construction of identities and choices through this process, using an archive of women’s narratives.

Keywords:   women’s illness narratives, informed choice, madness stories, psychosocial disability, CRPD

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