Mental Disorders: A Narrative Analysis

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Narrative therapists work with a wide range of client groups with difficulties which are recognized within mainstream mentalhealth circles as being among the most difficult to treat including childhood conduct problems, delinquency, bullying, anorexia nervosa, child abuse, marital conflict, grief reactions, adjustment to AIDS, and schizophrenia. Within narrative therapy, however, none of these difficulties is viewed as intrinsic or essential attributes of people or relationships. Rather, these labels are seen as being part of a wider mental health pathologizing discourse or narrative which maintain rather than resolve problems of living. The power practices entailed by these labels add to rather than lighten the burden on people dealing with

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