Pathologising Normality in Intellectual Disability

Therein lays the problem. When is a delusion or delusional behavior a real issue or is it something else? Have we pathologised normal behavior because someone has a disability, whilst the same behavior would be seen as a little different, but normal for people not diagnosed as having a disability. Afterall the fifteen thousand people who attended 150 events at the Elvis Festival in Parkes in NSW can’t all have been delusional and have a disability?

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About Peter Smith

Disability practitioner at Praxis Disability Consulting, PhD researcher - Sydney Medical School, Research affiliate - Centre for Disability Studies, Sydney. Lecturer in Counselling and Case Management - ACAP. Counsellor and Psychotherapist at Praxis Counselling and Therapy. Interests: Disability employment, person centred practice, self determination theory, existential therapy, personal counselling
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