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Depression and the Self

Depression and the Self
Meaning, Control and Authenticity

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  • Date Published: February 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107138650

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  • Depression is widely recognised as the leading disability worldwide. Though classified as a medical condition, depression also contains very personal and social aspects which are integral to the experience - as those who have experienced it know all too well. Drawing on research interviews with women who have experienced depression, this psychological study elucidates experiences of depression and the meanings attached to it. In so doing, Browne challenges current understandings of depression as a chronic and endogenous illness and stresses the importance of the perception of authenticity among depression sufferers. Written in plain language accessible to non-specialists, Depression and the Self argues that in depression perceptions of control and the self are intertwined - and that this has important implications for diagnosis and recovery.

    • Uses individuals' reflections on their experiences of depression to shed light on our concepts of the self
    • Challenges common understandings of depression as a chronic and endogenous illness
    • Suggests that the feeling of control, in its different guises, is a key lever in perceptions of the self
    • Offers a reason for why some view their depression as chronic while others do not
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Tamara Kayali Browne’s Depression and the Self presents a sophisticated and original view of depression from the sufferer’s point of view. It uniquely captures the experiences of depression, treatment, and recovery and will be of great interest to those who suffer from this condition as well as clinicians and scholars of mental illness.' Allan V. Horwitz, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, New Jersey

    'Dr Browne’s book is an outstanding example of the new phenomenologically informed, qualitative empirical research on the experience of mental illness. Based on extensive interviews with 37 women with depression, she explores how the multiplex cultural meanings of depression interact with women’s senses of self. As a psychiatric educator, I can think of no better book to prepare beginning clinicians to understand the manifold expressions of this condition, and its impact on people’s lives. Seasoned clinicians, in turn, will be intrigued by the novel insights gained.' John Z. Sadler, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center

    'Browne’s innovative research invites us into the world of expectations and identifications among those recovering from mood disorders. The yield of her study is of immense importance. It enhances our understanding of how depression fits within these subjects’ selves as they persist through lives, not just through episodes of disorder. And in so doing, it reveals ways of being well, as much as ill.' Jennifer Radden, University of Massachusetts, Boston

    'Browne’s Depression and the Self is an important new contribution in helping to untangle a great riddle of our times: depression as the number one disability in the world. The book examines complex questions about the self - and in particular, what authenticity means to those with depression, their sense of control, as well as identified triggers for depression - to draw out key conclusions from which researchers, practitioners and patients can all benefit.' Damien Ridge, University of Westminster

    '… this is an interesting exploration into depression and the ways that the diagnosis can impact on an individual’s view on their sense of control and responsibility. The narrative that Browne creates allows us to see the influence that the biomedical model has had on the women and gives us the chance to reflect on the wider context of the condition, further encouraging a sense of empowerment and possibility to change within these individuals.' Taneesha Jones-Seale, Journal of Mental Health

    'This is a highly readable book, excelling in being led by the respondents themselves, and exploring nuanced differences between their accounts, for instance in how they relate medication to authenticity. … It will be of use to sociologists of (mental) health and illness, and applied mental health scholars and practitioners alike. Her arguments for how to draw on, and take advantage of, people's own accounts of depression are particularly appealing and relevant, and stand to make a timely intervention in mental health research and practice.' Tineke Broer, Sociology of Health and Illness

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107138650
    • length: 190 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The self and related concepts
    2. The view from inside: the variety of views of depression
    3. Going for help: the impact of diagnosis on the self
    4. Taking the medicine: the impact of medication on the self
    5. Crossing your fingers: predicting depression's role in the future self
    6. Conclusion
    Appendix A: listening and learning
    Appendix B: women interviewed
    Appendix C: interview guide.

  • Author

    Tamara Kayali Browne, Deakin University, Victoria
    Tamara Kayali Browne, a bioethicist and philosopher of medicine, currently works as a Lecturer in Health Ethics and Professionalism at Deakin University, Australia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in neuroethics at Novel Tech Ethics, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. She also served as Lecturer in Bioethics at Sydney University and the Australian National University, Canberra, winning three teaching awards. Her research in philosophical and sociological issues in psychiatry has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology; Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy; the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry; and Health, Risk and Society. Her work has also appeared in the media, including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Globe and Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and ABC radio.

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