SY321 Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: American Psychiatric Association, Mental Disorder, Neurosis

23 views2 pages
27 Jan 2013
School
Department
Course
Professor
Medical labelling and time:
-medicine, power and culture
-earlier era, much of deviant behaviour was labelled evil
-therefore, it was punished and chastised by the law, clergy, family and community
-today, they are treated in a detox center
-requires you to withdraw from the deviant behaviour
-someone who is prone to violent rages is medicated w/ drugs
-someone who overeats today gets therapy and sometimes surgery
-this person would be called a glutton in the past
-today, heroin addicts are put on methadone
-substitute for heroin
-in the past, they were blamed for the condition
-today when people do deviant acts, they are described as unable to help themselves
-in the past people were responsible for their deviance
-today, they are not responsible (involuntary deviance)
-thus what used to be bad is now labelled as sick
-when medicalize deviance, they say that the person is the innocent victim of social forces
-deviant behaviour is increasingly controlled under medicine and psychiatry
How? ex. Mental illness
A mental illness labelling and delabelling:
-psychiatry has been doing this since the beginning of the 20th century
-vast changes have taken place over the last century
-only very thin line separates science from politics when it comes to mental illness
-politics today defines what is mental illness and what is not
-interest groups: influence the way in which psychiatry has labelled and delabelled mental illness
Ex. Homosexuality
-before 1974, it was considered to be a psychiatric disorder
-not based on medical evidence
-written up on the DSMdiagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (psychological)
-they then suddenly removed homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder
-probably the reason they had it in the first place was because of discrimination and prejudice
-why did they delabel it??
-condition did not disappear
-in 1974, the condition was more widespread and public than before
-therefore, when the condition became more visible, psychiatry stopped labelling it as a mental
disorder
-gay and lesbian activists started to lobby the DSM and thus were able to lobby the DSM
-able to exert pressure on the psychiatric community
-sought to destigmatize (remove the label) and successfully lobbied the psychiatric community
to remove it from the DSM
Unlock document

This preview shows half of the first page of the document.
Unlock all 2 pages and 3 million more documents.

Already have an account? Log in

Get OneClass Notes+

Unlimited access to class notes and textbook notes.

YearlyBest Value
75% OFF
$8 USD/m
Monthly
$30 USD/m
You will be charged $96 USD upfront and auto renewed at the end of each cycle. You may cancel anytime under Payment Settings. For more information, see our Terms and Privacy.
Payments are encrypted using 256-bit SSL. Powered by Stripe.