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Stabilising objects: Antidepressants work as a connective resource


McLeod, K, Stabilising objects: Antidepressants work as a connective resource, Victorian Substance Use Research Forum, 19 April 2013 (2013) [Keynote Presentation]

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The pharmacological efficacy of antidepressants is widely contested by neuroscientists and social scientists. However, the mass consumption of antidepressants in industrialised western countries indicates people find antidepressant treatment a useful tool and that there are other kinds of efficacy or work at play. This presentation show how the antidepressant object works as a connective resource, drawing on an empirical research project where depressed people who take antidepressants shared their experiences of wellbeing using charts and photos. The antidepressant object has a distinctive capacity to be part of the formation of secure and organised relations between different aspects of life. In turn, stabilised and functional states of existence are produced – experiences that are greatly valued after times of despair. Escalating antidepressant consumption is often interpreted as indicating increasing rates of individual pathology. The account of antidepressant efficacy developed here provides a contrasting explanation – that the antidepressant object brings a desired stabilising force to people’s lives.

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Item Type:Keynote Presentation
Keywords:Antidepressants, assemblages, Deleuze, qualitative research, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:McLeod, K (Dr Kim McLeod)
ID Code:138506
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-04-11
Last Modified:2020-04-20

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