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By Mark Sherry

This publication bargains a wealthy, insider's point of view of the lived event of mind harm. Sherry, a survivor of mind damage himself, makes use of a cross-disciplinary theoretical method (drawing upon the social and clinical types of incapacity and mixing them with classes from feminism, queer concept, postcolonial and postmodern literature) to border an enriching narrative in regards to the lived event of mind harm.

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5. 6. 7. Reduced auditory comprehension. Reduced reading and visual comprehension. Nonsensical expressive language. Irrelevant comments. Lack of verbal inhibition. Inappropriate ordering of words and inappropriate grammar. Inability to recall/remember words. Recent studies of brain injury in children indicate that the effects may even be more extensive than suggested by Manzi and Weaver. Trudeau, Poulin-Dubois and Joanette (2000) suggest that communication problems following brain injury may occur at a number of levels simultaneously, including lexical-semantic, written, cognitive-linguistic, discourse and pragmatic skills.

Head injuries increase the risk of schizophrenia-like psychosis (Sachdev, Smith and Cathcart, 2001). Harvey and Bryant (1998) also found that many people with TBI experience post-traumatic stress, a finding confirmed in studies by Bryant, Marosszeky, Crooks, Baguley Gurka (2000) and Friedland and Dawson (2001). Childers, Holland, Ryan, and Rupright (1998) also suggest that there appears to be an association between organic head injuries and obsessive-compulsive disorders. However, these findings conflict with another study by Coetzner, Stein and Toit (2001) which suggests there is no support for such a connection.

The data collected in the study highlights some inadequacies in both the medical and the social models and suggests there is a need for theorising which recognises the diversity of experience within the disability movement. It is suggested that one option for recognising such diversity is a fuller engagement with critical theories such as postmodernism, queer theory, feminism and postcolonialism. CONCLUSION This chapter has laid the foundations for the book. It has identified the research problem and outlined the key research question and subsidiary questions.

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