I got better' : narrative challenges to contemporary psychiatry
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Mental illness is receiving significant amounts of attention, both via the media and via the medical system. Narratives are a way for people diagnosed with mental illnesses to share how they recovered from their illness. This study combines thematic narrative analysis as described by Arduser and a sample of narratives from the site I Got Better. Personal agency and rhetorical agency within the narratives are analyzed for a critical look at how much agency these narratives have. Their personal agency is analyzed through three recurring tropes: personal triumph, curating of relationships, and ...