Presentations of Complex Mental Illness in Media and Medical Discourses: A Protocol for a Corpus-Assisted Study


  • Laura A. Cariola University of Edinburgh



This study aims to conduct an in-depth corpus-assisted discourse analysis to explore how complex mental illnesses are presented in UK newspaper articles and medical case studies. Attention will be given to the identification of discursive presentation that create and reinforce stigma against mental illness. This study is funded by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.


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How to Cite

Cariola, L. A. (2017). Presentations of Complex Mental Illness in Media and Medical Discourses: A Protocol for a Corpus-Assisted Study. Language and Psychoanalysis, 6(2), 99–102.