This talk will focus on how different conceptions of ‘mental disorder’ affect medical treatment, social attitudes, and patients’ understandings of their conditions. This talk will defend a novel ability-based view of mental disorder and argue that accepting it would reduce stigma and prognostic pessimism while vindicating widely shared intuitions about what should count as a ‘disorder.’
Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:
Understand the most prominent attempts to define 'mental disorder.
Appreciate how adopting different conceptions of 'mental disorders' can affect both how medical personnel treat individuals experiencing mental health problems and how individuals view their own conditions.
Analyze the utility of adopting an ability-based conception of mental disorder (especially in contrast to more traditional dysfunction-based approaches).
Garson Leder, PhD
Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Medical College of Wisconsin
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.