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Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen born is a Professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of Washington in Seattle , [1] and the author of many works on the history and philosophy of psychiatry , psychoanalysis and hypnosis. Born to Danish parents, he began his studies in France and emigrated to the United States in His constructivist analysis of the co-production of psychical "facts" emphasises the accuracy of historical accounts of mental disorders.

This is a bold book from a leading intellectual, the third in a trilogy Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity and The Spirit of Capitalism: Nationalism and Economic Growth , and it covers a lot of territory — history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. Our society pays a psychological price for grinding out individuals instead of divine light. The way we treat mental problems and I think try to recapture some of our awe is by looking inside our own skulls. The analytic skills Greenfeld employs in each of these domains allows her to present a much more complicated argument than the social construction of X.

Mental disorder

A mental disorder , also called a mental illness [3] or psychiatric disorder , is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Many disorders have been described, with signs and symptoms that vary widely between specific disorders. The causes of mental disorders are often unclear. Theories may incorporate findings from a range of fields. Mental disorders are usually defined by a combination of how a person behaves, feels, perceives, or thinks.

In cases of depression where linguistic meaning has collapsed, there is good reason to believe that a long-term strategy for recovery must include rehabilitating the depressive person's capacity for meaningful speech. This requires that the patient participate actively in interpreting her own pain. In this essay, I argue that medical diagnosis can tempt patients, particularly women, to circumvent this process of interpretation. To explain this danger, I draw on Julia Kristeva's clinical analyses of depression and recent studies on the correlation between depression and self-silencing. If you have personal access to this content, log in with your username and password here:.

Making Minds and Madness: From Hysteria to Depression Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen

Why do maladies of the soul such as hysteria, anxiety disorders, or depression wax and wane over time? Through a study of the history of psychiatry, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen provocatively argues that most mental illnesses are not, in fact, diseases butMoreWhy do maladies of the soul such as hysteria, anxiety disorders, or depression wax and wane over time? Through a study of the history of psychiatry, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen provocatively argues that most mental illnesses are not, in fact, diseases but the product of varying expectations shared and negotiated by therapists and patients. With a series of fascinating historical vignettes, stretching from Freuds creation of false memories of sexual abuse in his early hysterical patients to todays promotion and marketing of depression by drug companies, Making Minds and Madness offers a powerful critique of all the theories, such as psychoanalysis and biomedical psychiatry, that claim to discover facts about the human psyche while, in reality, producing them. Borch-Jacobsen proposes such objectivizing approaches should be abandoned in favor of a constructionist and relativist psychology that recognizes the artifactual and interactive character of psychic productions instead of attempting to deny or control it. Direct Action: The Johnson 16 Vols.

Making Minds and Madness

Why do maladies of the soul such as hysteria, anxiety disorders, or depression wax and wane over time? Through a study of the history of psychiatry, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen provocatively argues that most mental illnesses are not, in fact, diseases butMoreWhy do maladies of the soul such as hysteria, anxiety disorders, or depression wax and wane over time? Through a study of the history of psychiatry, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen provocatively argues that most mental illnesses are not, in fact, diseases but the product of varying expectations shared and negotiated by therapists and patients.

This outlook is familiar to medical anthropologists, transcultural psychiatrists, philosophers of science and others. To accomplish this, one has to be not just a historian, but a sleuth, interrogator, and genealogist. Borch-Jacobsen is undaunted by the challenge of demonstrating logical fallacies in arguments that have been accepted and lacquered over during the past century, and he is unremittingly skeptical of and ironic towards his quarry, most particularly Sigmund Freud. He sets out to prove this assertion by interrogating central concepts in psychiatry, from psychic shocks to the unconscious, and by tracing back to the source point of several diagnoses to demonstrate how these were either co-invented by psychoanalysts and patients or suggested to patients by their analysts and made popular through bestselling books, patient advocacy groups, or the self-interested promotion of the therapeutic community itself.

Making Minds and Madness: From Hysteria to Depression

Here, from a historian of psychiatry, are some strikingly original suggestions for understanding traumatic neurosis, seduction theory, multiple personality, and much more of the ground first plowed by Charcot in Paris and Freud in Vienna. A dazzling intellectual effort. Making Minds and Madness greatly advances our understanding of why psychiatry continues to falter as a science, and it challenges us to devise psychological thinking able to circumvent the knotty epistemological challenges of reducing mental suffering. He is the author of highly influential books on the theory and history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis and co-author of the best-selling Le Livre Noir de la Psychanalyse The Black Book of Psychoanalysis.

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