Although the individuality of people is clear, independence is a more relative concept. Ideas about autonomy are inherently philosophical, if not even cultural. People are assumed to be self-determining, self-governing individuals. People reason, people choose: these functions set us apart from other animals. Traditionally, this concept has been challenged when applied to people with intellectual impairments or other ‘mental’ disabilities such as the major mental ‘illnesses’. If the person’s reasoning process is impaired, for whatever reason, is autonomy relinquished?
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- Mental Health Problem
- Informal Carer
- Irrational Belief
- Autonomous Person
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Atkinson, J. (1991). Autonomy and mental health. In: Barker, P.J., Baldwin, S. (eds) Ethical Issues in Mental Health. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-3270-9_7
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