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Mental health

Finding Agency in Mental Illness

Agency is a sociological construct that refers to the capacity to freely make decisions and then independently enact those decisions.  Agency can be limited by our own individual beliefs, and it can also be limited by social structures that impose rules and constraints. Structural constraints imposed on people living with mental illness can come from… Continue reading Finding Agency in Mental Illness

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Mental health

Cell Phones on Psych Wards – Yea or Nay?

I recently saw a tweet about the issue of cell phones on psych wards, and it stirred up a strong reaction for me.  A man was writing about how he'd been advocating for his child to be able to have their cell phone on the psych ward, but this was flatly denied due to their… Continue reading Cell Phones on Psych Wards – Yea or Nay?

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What Is… Autonomy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is autonomy. While autonomy falls more under the umbrella of philosophy than psychology, it also has significant implications when it comes to mental health and mental health care. The philosopher Immanuel Kant identified several key elements of autonomy,… Continue reading What Is… Autonomy