Find Your Neurotribe!

Find Your Neurotribe!

 

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Talk 2017
August 16, 2017
New Town Theatre (Venue 7), Freemasons' Hall, EH2 3DH

If mental illness is largely defined by a deviation from a norm, where does that leave us? Psychologist Matthias Schwannauer (University of Edinburgh) has looked at the history of mental disorder and found examples of madness that are genuinely seen as incredulous, shocking and bewildering, but also common instances of labels of mental disorders being used to control what was deemed as unacceptable, dangerous or otherwise challenging. If what is identified, diagnosed and treated as mental illness is based on no more than varying societal and cultural anchor points, is anyone ever truly mentally ill?