Depression in Japan: Psychiatric Cures for a Society in by Junko Kitanaka

By Junko Kitanaka

Since the Nineties, suicide in recession-plagued Japan has soared, and charges of melancholy have either elevated and acquired higher public awareness. In a kingdom that has often been uncomfortable addressing psychological disease, what components have allowed for the emerging medicalization of melancholy and suicide? Investigating those profound adjustments from old, medical, and sociolegal views, Depression in Japan explores how melancholy has develop into a countrywide disorder and entered the japanese lexicon, how psychiatry has answered to the nation's ill social order, and the way, in a notable transformation, psychiatry has conquer the longstanding resistance to its intrusion in jap life.

wondering claims made by way of eastern psychiatrists that melancholy rarely existed in premodern Japan, Junko Kitanaka indicates that eastern drugs did certainly have a language for conversing approximately melancholy which was once conceived of as an ailment the place mental ache used to be in detail hooked up to physiological and social misery. the writer appears to be like at how jap psychiatrists now use the discourse of melancholy to cajole sufferers that they're sufferers of organic and social forces past their keep an eye on; analyzes how this language has been followed in felony discourse surrounding "overwork suicide"; and considers how, unlike the West, this language apparently emphasizes the ache of guys instead of ladies. studying sufferers' narratives, Kitanaka demonstrates how psychiatry constructs a gendering of melancholy, one who is heavily tied to neighborhood politics and questions of valid social suffering.

Drawing upon huge examine in psychiatric associations in Tokyo and the encircling zone, Depression in Japan uncovers the emergence of psychiatry as a strength for social transformation in Japan.

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