Making Minds and Madness
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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, Borch-Jacobsen argues that most mental illnesses are not, in fact, diseases, but the product of varying expectations shared and negotiated by therapists and patients. He offers a critique of all the theories, including psychoanalysis and biomedical psychiatry, that claim to discover facts about the human psyche while, in reality, producing them.