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Wk. 2 - Lecture - Gods, Demons, etc.

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Disability Studies
DST 500
Jijian Voronka

Wk. 2 – Lecture Jan. 21, 2013 In reference to Slide 2 – “What causes madness”: - There are two different ways to explain madness: social model and medical model - But now, the two are merging – there are morphed theories like “psychoanalysis” etc. - Now we take into consideration the genetics, and chemical imbalance etc., and combine it with the social understanding of the madness In reference to Slide 3 – “What words do we use to describe mad people”: - People first movement – “John is a man with schizophrenia” – emphasis on the person by putting them first Key words and terms to understand: - Psychiatric survivor – because they survive societies that devalue their personal experiences o Outcome of a social movement “consumer survivor ex-patient mad movement” o This does not mean that people have survived their psychiatric experience/symptoms etc. It is not “I have survived my psychiatric schizophrenia” o It means that they have survived the psychiatric system o Interested in critiquing the mental health system and looking for ways to work outside of it - Mental health consumer o Came about when people complained about being identified as “patients” because patients were looked at as passive recipients of care whereas doctors etc. were put up on a pedestal o It was a business model idea of patients, like they had purchasing power of care or consuming the services being provided o Not as radical as identifying yourself as a psychiatric survivor - Some people were completely against using the term “consumer”, because consumers get to choose what they consume – also confusing, because anyone can be a consumer - Choice is very limited, and limited to only medical model solutions/help In reference to Slides 7 and 8: - What kind of language you use is important because it ties back into your ideologies and how you conceptualize the issue In reference to Slide 11: - CAMH uses both languages: “clients” and “patients” In reference to Slide 17: - Medical/biomedical revolution - Serotonin was discovered in 1978 – thought to regulate mood, appetite, sexuality, etc. - In 1992, Glaxoklinesmith came out with Paxil - SSRIs – anti-depressants, etc. are used for a bunch of reasons – depressions, anxiety, panicked, pre-menstrual - Anti-depressants which are a type of SSRI – second last bunch was distributed last year? - Everyone has been using them excessively – 11.6 million/billion were sold last year In reference to Slide 18: - Wandering Womb LAWLS – almost inevitable that women will be doomed to madness at some point in their lives - Believed that the womb was a sponge, sucking all life and intellect from vulnerable women - Wandering womb resulted in hysteria, all women were hysterical at some point in their lives - The “roaming organ” would attach itself to other organs because of reasons like celibacy or excessive intercourse, and if it attached itself to the brain, hysteria would occur LOL In reference to Slide 21: - People believed that the moon was a cause of madness - Apparently the hospital gains more visitors during the full moon - People still say to stay indoors during a full moon etc. - So there is still a loose belief around the moon, it hasn’t entirely been tossed out In reference to Slide 22: - Environmental explanation to schizophrenia – like blaming the parents for any bad outcomes, for example: being gay – mom was too dominant, dad was t
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