Kenen tahansa masennus

Anyone's depression

The article analyses the problem of depression as it is manifested in Finnish depression guidance texts directed to laymen. Drawing from Ian Hacking's and Michel Foucault's thinking, the article ana­lyses the technologies of the self that "ma­ke up" people: mould the possibilities to ponder everyday feelings, conduct and actions as regards to the possibility of depression. The cornerstone of depression guidance and counselling is the logic of standardised disease classifications (ICD and DSM). This logic is seen as a mediating and assembling concept, intertwining different forms of medical knowledge, policies of the welfare state, and ethics as ways to govern one's own life, that all shape the way depression is understood and articulated.

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