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Psykiatriska paradigm och diagnosen depression: pengar, politik och piller

Carlsson, Daniel LU (2015) SOCK04 20142
Sociology
Abstract (Swedish)
The purpose of this study is to examine depression in regard to the shifting paradigms of psychiatry, which could possibly be tied to the shifting economic policies in western society at large. The methodological approach in doing this has been one of studying literature regarding past and present psychiatric paradigms, as well as literature on the economic paradigms of recent history, and interpreting this literature hermeneutically. The study is of a qualitative nature. The two paradigms I refer to in the text are: 1) neuropsychiatry, which at present time is the scientifically dominant one; and 2) the psychodynamic paradigm (or psychoanalysis), which was the dominant psychiatric paradigm from approximately the latter half of the... (More)
The purpose of this study is to examine depression in regard to the shifting paradigms of psychiatry, which could possibly be tied to the shifting economic policies in western society at large. The methodological approach in doing this has been one of studying literature regarding past and present psychiatric paradigms, as well as literature on the economic paradigms of recent history, and interpreting this literature hermeneutically. The study is of a qualitative nature. The two paradigms I refer to in the text are: 1) neuropsychiatry, which at present time is the scientifically dominant one; and 2) the psychodynamic paradigm (or psychoanalysis), which was the dominant psychiatric paradigm from approximately the latter half of the twentieth century, through towards the latter half of the nineteen-seventies, reaching a peak in the nineteen-sixties. My conclusion is that the desire on behalf of psychiatry to be taken seriously in the scientific community played a significant part in the changes made in the psychiatric “Bible”, DSM-III (1980). In tandem with the economic transition -- from social liberal economic policies to neoliberal ones -- the aforementioned events have resulted in a psychiatry which has unhealthy ties to “Big Pharma”, the pharmaceutical industry. The result is a psychiatry which largely disregards social factors as possible contributing factors to depression and other mild forms of mental illness. (Less)
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Carlsson, Daniel LU
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SOCK04 20142
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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psychiatry, depression, “normal sadness", ”big pharma”, the sociology of mental health, The DSM, neoliberalism, paradigm shift 
language
Swedish
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5043395
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2015-02-05 20:51:34
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2015-02-12 14:20:48
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this study is to examine depression in regard to the shifting paradigms of psychiatry, which could possibly be tied to the shifting economic policies in western society at large. The methodological approach in doing this has been one of studying literature regarding past and present psychiatric paradigms, as well as literature on the economic paradigms of recent history, and interpreting this literature hermeneutically. The study is of a qualitative nature. The two paradigms I refer to in the text are: 1) neuropsychiatry, which at present time is the scientifically dominant one; and 2) the psychodynamic paradigm (or psychoanalysis), which was the dominant psychiatric paradigm from approximately the latter half of the twentieth century, through towards the latter half of the nineteen-seventies, reaching a peak in the nineteen-sixties. My conclusion is that the desire on behalf of psychiatry to be taken seriously in the scientific community played a significant part in the changes made in the psychiatric “Bible”, DSM-III (1980). In tandem with the economic transition -- from social liberal economic policies to neoliberal ones -- the aforementioned events have resulted in a psychiatry which has unhealthy ties to “Big Pharma”, the pharmaceutical industry. The result is a psychiatry which largely disregards social factors as possible contributing factors to depression and other mild forms of mental illness.},
  author       = {Carlsson, Daniel},
  keyword      = {psychiatry,depression,“normal sadness",”big pharma”,the sociology of mental health,The DSM,neoliberalism,paradigm shift },
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Psykiatriska paradigm och diagnosen depression: pengar, politik och piller},
  year         = {2015},
}