Self-illness ambiguity and anorexia nervosa

Philosophical Explorations 26 (1):127-145 (2023)
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Abstract

Self-illness ambiguity is a difficulty to distinguish the ‘self’ or ‘who one is’ from one's mental disorder or diagnosis. Although self-illness ambiguity in a psychiatric context is often deemed to be a negative phenomenon, it may occasionally have a positive role too. This paper investigates whether and in what sense self-illness ambiguity could have a positive role in the process of recovery and self-development in some psychiatric contexts by focusing on a specific case of mental disorder – anorexia nervosa.

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Anna Drożdżowicz
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

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