Screening, diagnosing and medicating depression: Psychiatric methods and the making of mental disorder

Natasha S Mauthner

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Abstract

This is a commentary on Vaswani, Karter, Cosgrove, Peters, and Brodt's (2018) article “Depression Screening During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period: Enhancing Informed Consent Practices.” Here I reflect on feminist perspectives on mental illness, as not confined to the individual but situated in a societal and cultural context. I discuss the social construction of categories of mental disorders and the construction of “objective” screening measures used to diagnose individuals. Technoscientific practices and psychiatric methods are critical political sites that warrant close scrutiny.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalWomen's Reproductive Health
Volume5
Issue number1
Early online date5 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Informed Consent
Mental Disorders
Postpartum Period
Psychiatry
Depression
Pregnancy

Keywords

  • mental disorders
  • depression
  • technoscientific practices
  • feminist perspectives
  • social construction

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Screening, diagnosing and medicating depression : Psychiatric methods and the making of mental disorder. / Mauthner, Natasha S.

In: Women's Reproductive Health, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2018, p. 32-36.

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