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Introduction: making psychiatric history questions of method Part I. Microhistories of Trauma: 1. How to predict the past: from trauma to repression 2. Neurotica: Freud and the seduction theory 3. A black box named 'Sybil' Part II. Fragments of a Theory of Generalized Artifact: 4. What made Albert run? The Bernheim effect 6. Simulating the unconscious Part III. The Freudian Century: 7. Is psychoanalysis a fairy-tale? Save to Library. Create Alert.
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A mental disorder , also called a mental illness  or psychiatric disorder , is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Many disorders have been described, with signs and symptoms that vary widely between specific disorders. The causes of mental disorders are often unclear. Theories may incorporate findings from a range of fields. Mental disorders are usually defined by a combination of how a person behaves, feels, perceives, or thinks. A mental disorder is one aspect of mental health.
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Why do maladies of the soul such as hysteria, anxiety disorders, or depression wax and wane over time? Through a study of the history of psychiatry, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen provocatively argues that most mental illnesses are not, in fact, diseases butMoreWhy do maladies of the soul such as hysteria, anxiety disorders, or depression wax and wane over time? Through a study of the history of psychiatry, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen provocatively argues that most mental illnesses are not, in fact, diseases but the product of varying expectations shared and negotiated by therapists and patients.
Making Minds and Madness: From Hysteria to Depression Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen
Here, from a historian of psychiatry, are some strikingly original suggestions for understanding traumatic neurosis, seduction theory, multiple personality, and much more of the ground first plowed by Charcot in Paris and Freud in Vienna. A dazzling intellectual effort. Making Minds and Madness greatly advances our understanding of why psychiatry continues to falter as a science, and it challenges us to devise psychological thinking able to circumvent the knotty epistemological challenges of reducing mental suffering. He is the author of highly influential books on the theory and history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis and co-author of the best-selling Le Livre Noir de la Psychanalyse The Black Book of Psychoanalysis. Introduction: making psychiatric history questions of method ; Part I. Microhistories of Trauma: 1. How to predict the past: from trauma to repression; 2.
Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen born is a Professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of Washington in Seattle ,  and the author of many works on the history and philosophy of psychiatry , psychoanalysis and hypnosis. Born to Danish parents, he began his studies in France and emigrated to the United States in His constructivist analysis of the co-production of psychical "facts" emphasises the accuracy of historical accounts of mental disorders. Borch-Jacobsen is known for his positions in the controversies surrounding psychoanalysis, especially with regard to the publication of Le Livre noir de la psychanalyse "The Black Book of Psychoanalysis" to which he was a major contributor.
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This outlook is familiar to medical anthropologists, transcultural psychiatrists, philosophers of science and others. To accomplish this, one has to be not just a historian, but a sleuth, interrogator, and genealogist. Borch-Jacobsen is undaunted by the challenge of demonstrating logical fallacies in arguments that have been accepted and lacquered over during the past century, and he is unremittingly skeptical of and ironic towards his quarry, most particularly Sigmund Freud. He sets out to prove this assertion by interrogating central concepts in psychiatry, from psychic shocks to the unconscious, and by tracing back to the source point of several diagnoses to demonstrate how these were either co-invented by psychoanalysts and patients or suggested to patients by their analysts and made popular through bestselling books, patient advocacy groups, or the self-interested promotion of the therapeutic community itself. Along the way, the theories of many of the major figures of nineteenth and early twentieth century psychotherapy are evaluated and compared, giving the reader a demystified view into the intellectual context from [End Page ] which certain ideas and individuals emerged victoriously from among their competitors. Case histories of now-defunct conditions such as hysteria and multiple personality disorder illuminate how, through a sort of rigged consensus involving therapists, patients, and the public, psychological conditions have been constructed. This process is ongoing in the age of biopsychiatry and contemporary forms of psychotherapy.
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