The experience of being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder: living the label

Knight, Zelda G. and Bradfield, B.C. (2003) The experience of being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder: living the label. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 3 (1). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1445-7377




Informed by the investigative thrust of phenomenological inquiry and the 'phenomenology of intersubjectivity', the overarching aim of this article is to provide an accurate illumination of the experience of being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, and thus being 'a labelled individual'. This article is based on research that sought to understand the impact of the psychiatric label upon labelled individuals interpersonal and intersubjective presence as experienced outside the psychiatric institution. The principle question asked was: "What is the experience of being a labelled individual in the world?". It was discovered that psychiatric labelling unfolds as a disconnection and dislocation from co-existence with others. Moreover, labelling had the effect of robbing such individuals of their subjectivity, rendering them lonely, misunderstood and viewed as somehow defective, disabled and wrong.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Phenomenological inquiry; phenomenology; intersubjectivity; psychiatric disorders; label; labelled; labelling; diagnostic object
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:993
Deposited On:22 May 2008
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