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indulged in by observers of mad behaviour.

Greg Bowden.  Sociology, University of Alberta

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: What is the Meaning of Self-Control?

Contemporary theories of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) characterize the disorder as a problem of self-control, where the individual with ADHD has difficulty initiating and inhibiting action. This understanding has pragmatic value for the treatment of the disorder. However, ‘self-control’ occurs at the intersection of individual action and social order, and we understand it only in a context of a shared world and social norms. In this sense, governance of one’s self, which is ostensibly one mode of autonomy, acts in tandem with adherence to institutionalized demands for social order. In this paper I ask whether we should read interventions intended to restore ‘self-control’ to individuals with ADHD as solely emancipatory or solely determining or constraining. Such readings culiminate in contradictions around both the understanding of ADHD and the understanding of forms of control and autonomy in general.

SESSION 19.

Contesting Sanism II: The Psychiatric Survivor as Active Citizen

Rob Wipond. Freelance Writer, Victoria, BC

News Media and the Psychiatric Survivor Perspective

The “pitch” is a brief oral summary or carefully-structured half-page written outline of a news story idea. The pitch is the primary basis for decision-making by editors and producers about what gets into the news and what doesn’t.

Trying to pitch stories to news media editors and producers about mental health issues from the perspective of psychiatric survivors and civil rights presents unique, sometimes almost insurmountable challenges. The journalist must typically negotiate many layers of assumptions, complex sets of beliefs, and numerous practical problems before even the basics of the story idea can be effectively conveyed to the editor or producer.

In this session, professional journalist and University of Victoria writing sessional Rob Wipond will outline the basics of a strong hard news or news feature pitch, and examine the reasons why this professional standard makes getting the perspectives of psychiatric survivors into our news media so difficult.

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