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Mental health as a political issue


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Petrić, Ana. (2017). Mental health as a political issue. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. [mentor Pletenac, Tomislav and Špoljar-Vržina, Sanja].

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In this thesis the author maps out the changes within the biomedical conceptualization of depression. By analyzing various explanatory models present throughout history, as well as by reviewing the recent taxonomic changes in contemporary diagnostic manuals, the thesis explains how medicalization of a broad spectrum of symptoms allowed for feelings of low intensity to be interpreted as symptoms of mental illness - depression. Furthermore, two indepth interviews are used to illustrate the problems characteristic of contemporary psychiatric diagnostics, while pointing to the often ignored social causes of symptoms typical for depression. By connecting the interlocutors' experiences with the wider economical and political context, the author calls for depathologization of depression and points to the disastrous impact the neoliberal politics and deterioration of workers' rights can have on mental health.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: depression, mental health, precarity, medicalization
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Supervisor: Pletenac, Tomislav and Špoljar-Vržina, Sanja
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 12:32
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 11:59

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