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By Bradley Lewis

"Interesting and fresh-represents an incredible and full of life problem to a self-discipline that in the mean time is caught in its personal units and desires an intensive critique to start to maneuver ahead."
--Paul McHugh, Johns Hopkins collage institution of Medicine

"Remarkable in its breadth-an attention-grabbing and important contribution to the burgeoning literature of the philosophy of psychiatry."
--Christian Perring, Dowling College

Moving past Prozac, DSM, and the hot Psychiatry seems at modern psychiatric perform from various severe views starting from Michel Foucault to Donna Haraway. This contribution to the burgeoning box of clinical humanities contends that psychiatry's flow clear of a theory-based version (one favoring psychoanalysis and different speak remedies) to a extra clinical version (based on new breakthroughs in neuroscience and pharmacology) has been dangerous to either the career and its consumers. This shift towards a science-based version contains the codification of the Diagnostic and Statistical handbook of psychological issues to the prestige of normal clinical reference, permitting mental-health practitioners to assign a tidy type for any psychological disturbance or deviation. Psychiatrist and cultural stories pupil Bradley Lewis argues for "postpsychiatry," a brand new psychiatric perform expert through the insights of poststructuralist theory.

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Even a symbol “stands for something, its object. It stands for that object, not in all respects, but in reference to a sort of idea, which I have sometimes called the ground of the repre- 30 Moving Beyond Prozac, DSM, & the New Psychiatry sentamen” (Peirce 1955, 99). For Peirce, symbolic representations of the real world are not merely representations but also predictions of future events. As such, symbols can never be determined by our ideas alone but are also determined by reference to our experiences with the real world: When I say that really to be is different from being represented, I mean that what really is ultimately consists in what shall be forced upon us in experience, that there is an element of brute compulsion in fact and that fact is not a mere question of reasonableness.

Using Pickering’s terminology, one could argue that psychiatry is a domain that mangles together different kinds of humans. In psychiatry, the material agency that is mangled, through a process of resistance and accommodation, is composed of humans and the psychic life of humans. ” For Rouse, scienti‹c practice is more than a representation of the world; it is also a way of inter- dodging the science wars 37 acting with the world. Scienti‹c practice is a dialectic that reconstructs the world and people’s relationship to that world (as it redescribes the world).

Van Gogh, they claim, had manic-depressive illness because he exhibited the following real-world features: 22 Moving Beyond Prozac, DSM, & the New Psychiatry psychiatric symptoms (extreme mood changes, including long periods of depression and extended episodes of highly active, volatile and excited states, altered sleep patterns, hyperreligiosity, extreme irritability, visual and auditory hallucinations, violence, agitation, and alcohol abuse), the age of onset of his symptoms (late adolescence, early twenties), his premorbid personality, the cyclic nature of his attacks, which were interspersed with long periods of highly lucid functioning, the lack of intellectual deterioration over time, the increasing severity of his mood swings, the seasonal exacerbation in his symptoms, and his quite remarkable family history of suicide and psychiatric illness.

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