Advancement: T. Eagle - Exploring Collective Medical Knowledge and Tensions in Online ADHD Communities
Description: My proposed dissertation work highlights social media as digitally-mediated support for neurodivergent individuals. By adopting a critical disability theory lens, I critique the techno-solutionism currently present in digital mental health care. I argue that existing social media platforms can provide community support situated within every day use for neurodivergent individuals to step away from the individualistic approaches currently promoted by much digital mental health technology. These social media-based communities are providing an important service of care and collective knowledge for individuals going through similar experiences to find validation and a sense of agency regarding treatment options. My research will further explore the relationships neurodivergent individuals have had with diagnostic and care systems, as well as ongoing tensions with healthcare providers in both physical and digital spaces.
Event host: Tessa Eagle, Ph.D. Student, Computational Media
Advisor: Kathryn Ringland
Tuesday, February 21 at 10:45am