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Author Davis, Joseph E., author.

Title Chemically imbalanced : everyday suffering, medication, and our troubled quest for self-mastery / Joseph E. Davis
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (257 pages)
Contents The Neurobiological Imaginary -- The Biologization of Everyday Suffering -- Appropriating Disorder -- Resisting Differentness -- Seeking Viable Selfhood -- After Psychology -- Conclusion: A Crisis of the Spirit
Summary "In Everyday Suffering, sociologist Joseph E. Davis explores the motivations of the millions of Americans who take mood-altering drugs not for a serious mental illness, but to help deal with the problems and suffering of everyday life. Whereas in the past, a person going through a time of difficulty might keep a journal or see a therapist, the psychological has been replaced by the biological: instead of treating the heart, soul, and mind, we now take a prescription to treat the brain. Davis explores how this change has affected our sense of ourselves as people in the world. What do ordinary people find compelling in neurobiological interpretations and interventions? And what do these interpretations and interventions help them to be? In the end, Davis argues for more reflection on our social emotions in a way that neurobiological diagnoses drive out, for the frameworks that valorize everyday suffering as an opportunity to enrich the soul, to learn important truths about ourselves and the human condition. We miss out when we let a pill take those opportunities away"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 28, 2020)
Subject Affective disorders -- Treatment
Neurobehavioral disorders -- Treatment
Mood Disorders -- therapy.
Affective disorders -- Treatment.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022668671X