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Chemically Imbalanced – Everyday Suffering, Medication, and Our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Chemically Imbalanced: Everyday Suffering, Medication, and Our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery

Joseph E. Davis


For a generation, an intense debate has been waged over the expanding number of people who are diagnosed with a mental disorder and treated with prescription drugs such as Prozac and Adderall. One side, the psychiatric, sees progress. People suffering from mental illness are finally getting the treatment they need. The other side challenges the psychiatric perspective and the medicalization and treatment of common personality traits and forms of distress as mental disorders. Neither side has much to say about how people themselves explain their suffering and or envision a resolution. Chemicall ... More

Keywords: medicalization, suffering, chemical imbalance, neurobiology, imaginary, Prozac, Adderall, narrative, self, account, explanation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226686547
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226686714.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph E. Davis, author
University of Virginia