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The missing work of collaboration: using assemblages to rethink antidepressant action


McLeod, K, The missing work of collaboration: using assemblages to rethink antidepressant action, 13th Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium, 7-8 December, Mebourne, Australia (2015) [Conference Extract]

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How do antidepressants work? This often-asked question continues to attract debate. The depressed individual features in many debates about antidepressants' action. With this focus, discussion oscillates over whether antidepressants work to remedy chemical imbalances in the brains of depressed people, or produce inauthentic states of being. This presentation argues shifting the analytic focus away from the depressed individual and onto the collective body, or assemblage, moves debates about how antidepressants work into more productive terrain. This provides a new way of looking at how antidepressants work to facilitate recovery from depression through a series of collaborative connections or relationships. The presentation will draw on the charts, photos, and narratives from research encounters with people who take antidepressants to illustrate how medication facilitates the creation of active associations in an assemblage of forces. I will conclude by discussing the new ways of thinking about depression, medication and recovery suggested by this understanding of antidepressant action.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:antidepressants, assemblages, Deleuze, qualitative research, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:McLeod, K (Dr Kim McLeod)
ID Code:137811
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-04
Last Modified:2020-04-21

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