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Depression Promotion in Consumer Advocacy: Sick Brains, Scrutinized Behavior, and Self-Healing
Unformatted Document Text:  28 determined acts of freedom, becoming irresistible to those with mood distresses. Individuals need critical tools to challenge the depression script’s promotion of broad-spectrum logic, drugs, and self-management, and to unwrap conflicting depression science discourses. Equally, it is no easy task for consumers to look beyond the script, and assuage that psychiatric drugs often cause social violence or to protest limited insurance funding for a consumer’s choice of treatment. To escape the power of the depression script requires critical distance and ironic displacement of the business, policy and culture typified by biopsychiatric enterprise culture. Resistance or escape is difficult because, as Toby Miller suggests, we are capable of trusting authority even as we question it. As such, critique often appears impossible where omnipotent power resides. (Miller 1993) In therapeutic culture, subversion is rare, and often misunderstood, as suggested by irritated consumers at the Support Coalition’s chat site. Yet, assuringly, critique does appear—even in mainstream newsmagazines—that criticizes our cultural complacency for psychopharmaceutical usage. Where power travels, resistance is always possible, hence the depression script is not entirely hegemonic. While the possibilities for mass resistance might look hopeless, the pervasive nature of power instructs that we can only remain hopeful. Duplicity, after all, is something one can learn from the contradictory behaviors of those who deploy the depression script, and those engaged in mental health partnership are accustomed to strange bedfellows. References American Psychiatric Association. 1994, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Fourth Edition, American Psychiatric Press, Inc., Washington, D.C. Butler, Judith. 1993, Bodies That Matter; On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”, Routledge, New York. Burchell, Graham. 1996, “Liberal Government and Techniques of the Self”, in Andrew Barry, Thomas Osborne and Nicholas Rose (eds) Foucault and Political Reason: Liberalism, Neo-liberalism and Rationalities of Government, University of Chicago Press, Chicago. Cruikshank, Barbara. 1999, The Will to Empower: Democratic Citizens and Other Subjects, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.

Authors: Gardner, Paula.
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determined acts of freedom, becoming irresistible to those with mood distresses. Individuals need critical
tools to challenge the depression script’s promotion of broad-spectrum logic, drugs, and self-management,
and to unwrap conflicting depression science discourses. Equally, it is no easy task for consumers to look
beyond the script, and assuage that psychiatric drugs often cause social violence or to protest limited
insurance funding for a consumer’s choice of treatment.
To escape the power of the depression script requires critical distance and ironic displacement of
the business, policy and culture typified by biopsychiatric enterprise culture. Resistance or escape is
difficult because, as Toby Miller suggests, we are capable of trusting authority even as we question it. As
such, critique often appears impossible where omnipotent power resides. (Miller 1993) In therapeutic
culture, subversion is rare, and often misunderstood, as suggested by irritated consumers at the Support
Coalition’s chat site. Yet, assuringly, critique does appear—even in mainstream newsmagazines—that
criticizes our cultural complacency for psychopharmaceutical usage. Where power travels, resistance is
always possible, hence the depression script is not entirely hegemonic. While the possibilities for mass
resistance might look hopeless, the pervasive nature of power instructs that we can only remain hopeful.
Duplicity, after all, is something one can learn from the contradictory behaviors of those who deploy the
depression script, and those engaged in mental health partnership are accustomed to strange bedfellows.
References
American Psychiatric Association. 1994, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Fourth
Edition, American Psychiatric Press, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Butler, Judith. 1993, Bodies That Matter; On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”, Routledge, New York.

Burchell, Graham. 1996, “Liberal Government and Techniques of the Self”, in Andrew Barry, Thomas
Osborne and Nicholas Rose (eds) Foucault and Political Reason: Liberalism, Neo-liberalism and
Rationalities of Government
, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Cruikshank, Barbara. 1999, The Will to Empower: Democratic Citizens and Other Subjects, Cornell
University Press, Ithaca, NY.


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