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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement$
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Helen Spandler, Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314578

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.001.0001

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Psycho-emotional disablism, complex trauma and women’s mental distress

Psycho-emotional disablism, complex trauma and women’s mental distress

(p.115) Eight Psycho-emotional disablism, complex trauma and women’s mental distress
Madness, distress and the politics of disablement

Shelley Briggs

Fiona Cameron

Policy Press

Women with mental health diagnoses often have had a series of abusive and traumatic experiences throughout their lives, including intergenerational trauma. Telling a story of one woman's journey, based on the authors’ combined practice experiences, the chapter explores how the constellation of symptoms that may result from multiple and intergenerational trauma can be seen as psycho emotional adjustments to trauma. Using Thomas’s (2007) work on psycho emotional disablism, the chapter further explores the stigma and the negative reactions of others, which results in further distress and trauma adjustments. The pivotal role of intergenerational trauma and the reactions of family, community and services are identified in the exploration of this cycle of trauma, psycho emotional adjustments, reactions to behaviour associated with adjustments and psycho emotional disablism

Keywords:   women and mental health, trauma, abuse, intergenerational trauma, disablism, psycho emotional disablism, mental distress

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