Depression: the ambivalence of diagnosis

Kokanovic, R, Bendelow, G and Philip, B 2013, 'Depression: the ambivalence of diagnosis', Sociology of Health and Illness: a journal of medical sociology, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 377-390.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Depression: the ambivalence of diagnosis
Author(s) Kokanovic, R
Bendelow, G
Philip, B
Year 2013
Journal name Sociology of Health and Illness: a journal of medical sociology
Volume number 35
Issue number 3
Start page 377
End page 390
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Abstract The diagnosis of depression in the clinical context is extremely controversial and is subject to criticism of over-medicalisation and pharmaceuticalisation. Depression can be conceptualised across the entire spectrum of lay and medical belief, from the normal' highs and lows of the human condition to its inclusion in the dominant Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders classificatory system, as a form of serious mental illness. In this context, a better understanding of how people describe, experience, negotiate and participate in the process of diagnosis is needed. This article draws on qualitative interviews to explore lay accounts of being diagnosed with depression. The findings reveal that lay accounts of depression vacillate in and out of the medicalised discourse of depression, highlighting the limitations of the biomedical approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Subject Sociology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) depression
lay accounts
DOI - identifier 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2012.01486.x
Copyright notice © 2012 The Authors. Sociology of Health & Illness © 2012 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN 0141-9889
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