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  • Essay on Pete Earley’s Book "Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness"


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ID number:153729
Published: 25.08.2009.
Language: English
Level: College/University
Literature: 6 units
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The major controversy between academic writers (Wakefield, 1997; Mechanic, 1999) as theoretical thinkers and P. Earley as practically experienced in the field of mental illness is in the perspective of looking at the problem through the lenses of right/wrong, normal/abnormal and healthy/sick. The academic literature seems to have tendency to discuss “being normal” issue as socially constructed, appeal for not labeling and respecting person as such (Wakefield, 1997; Mechanic, 1999), which supports the points the author makes in his book, how in reality mentally ill people are given their civil rights and rights of choice. Those are theoretical and legislative views on mental illness, while Pete Earley, as a father of son diagnosed with bipolar disorder, himself and presenting the life stories of other families, argues that exaggerated rights’ protection leads to painful and harmful consequences. He argues that right for treatment for mentally ill is to be the priority, rather than the right for choice, as it results in abandonment, not freedom (Early, 2006).…

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