Professor Kjeld Høgsbro: Mental illness and disorders seen from a disability perspective

The keynote will focus on the social model when it is applied to the study of mental health and illnesses as well as developmental disorders. When applied to these issues it has consequences for the understanding of vulnerability as well as diagnostic systems, and it might point towards new directions in rehabilitation and recovery programs. The keynote will take its point of departure in the widely accepted vulnerability model and discussions on aetiology and social factors behind different kinds of mental illness and developmental disorders, and present some of the possible solutions to the challenges. These solutions involve considering and rephrasing our approaches to mental vulnerability, stigma and social as well as biological heritage and it challenges the categorical diagnostic systems as well as our understanding of social and communicative interaction.