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Från psykoterapi till SSRI: Diskurser om depressionsbehandling 1985-2000
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay analyses the discourse surrounding the treatment of depression in Läkartidningen before and after the introduction of the new selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) in 1995. The study focuses on the years 1985, 1990, 1996 and 2000, two years before and two years after the introduction of the new SSRI-drugs. It is by focusing on parts of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s discourse theory that this essay reaches the conclusion that a change in discourse has taken place. Psychotherapy as a treatment for depression went from being the main instrument to becoming secondary treatment when the SSRI-drugs took hold. Hence we can observe a shift from a social discourse to a biological one. This study displays the discourse platform that emerged in 1995, and that has been the norm for treatment of depression ever since.

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2015. , 34 p.
Keyword [sv]
Depressionsbehandling, diskursiv kamp, diskursteori, SSRI, psykoterapi, Läkartidningen
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History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253925DiVA: diva2:816616
Available from: 2015-12-04 Created: 2015-06-03 Last updated: 2015-12-04Bibliographically approved

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