La medicalizzazione della tristezza: come la psichiatria ha trasformato una semplice emozione in un disturbo mentale

Jerome C. Wakefield, Allan V. Horwitz

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This essay argues that changes in the diagnostic criteria of depression that occurred with the introduction of the DSM-III have resulted in the treatment of normal emotions of sadness as well as of depressive disorders. In fact, the new symptoms-based definition no longer allows the distinction of common states of unhappiness from mental disease. The authors explain, first, the reasons for this change and, second, the reasons for the desirability of reversing this trend and restoring the conception distinction between depressive disorder and normal sadness.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-74
Number of pages19
JournalSalute e Societa
StatePublished - 2009


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