Introduction: Mental Health, Mental Illness, and a Critical Position on Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Michelle O’Reilly
  • Jessica Nina Lester
  • Tom Muskett
Part of the The Language of Mental Health book series (TLMH)


By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
  • Describe the history of mental illness.

  • Evaluate the criteria against which normality is measured.

  • Critically assess the classification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a mental health disorder.

  • Appraise the critical turn to language.

  • Recognise the value of this book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle O’Reilly
    • 1
  • Jessica Nina Lester
    • 2
  • Tom Muskett
    • 3
  1. 1.The Greenwood InstituteUniversity of Leicester, Westcotes DriveLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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