Men’s Discourses of Depression by Dariusz Galasiński (auth.)

By Dariusz Galasiński (auth.)

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What is quite fascinating is that the only 28 Men’s Discourses of Depression ‘positive’ criterion of F32 is, actually, the time component (G1) and only that particular criterion should be met. What appears is that the authors are at their most forceful in reference to a criterion with regard to which they are actually pretty uncertain. But what of the other use of must? Two of three of the following criteria must obtain: 1 depressed mood to a degree that is definitely abnormal for the individual, present for most of the day and almost every day, largely uninfluenced by circumstance, and sustained for at least 2 weeks; 2 loss of interest or pleasure in activities that are normally pleasurable; 3 decreased energy or increased fatigability.

Part 1 (Chapters 2 and 3) takes up the issue of depression. While in Chapter 2 it is explored as a construct of dominant psychiatric discourses, in Chapter 3 I discuss how my informants constructed it in their narratives. In Part 2, I am interested in how the self partakes of the experience of depression. Thus, in Chapter 4, I focus on how depression is attributed to the self, demonstrating that the relationship is never easy. The self is never explicitly constructed in terms of depression, but, rather, a number of distancing strategies are used.

The second problem is, I think, even more important. It shows what is supposed and claimed to be a discourse of an objective account of a disease, to be a socially anchored story. The texts not only reflect the ‘current thinking’, or the dominant discourses of what constitutes a mental disorder, but, crucially, they also reflect the ‘current configurations’ of institutional psychiatry. Not only is the ICD a story of mental disorders, it is subject to change by those who write themselves into it.

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