William Mitchell College of Law Professor Gregory Duhl has written a moving and informative essay, “Over the Borderline — A Review of Margaret Price’s Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability in Academic Life.” Price’s book discusses mental illness in the setting of higher education in the U.S.; Duhl places it in a legal context, arguing that the ADA fails those with mental illnesses. Movingly, he uses himself as an example—he has borderline personality disorder, and believes that he is successful not in spite of his illness but because of it. “[T]he same intense emotions with which I struggle fuel my passion, energy, and creativity. My ‘mad’ mind is not only a personal liability, but also a professional asset,” writes Duhl.
It is a fascinating read, and is available here.