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Comments on: An interview with Lisa Appignanesi about Mad, Bad, and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/07/an-interview-with-lisa-appignanesi-about-mad-bad-and-sad-women-and-the-mind-doctors/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 By: Jason http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/07/an-interview-with-lisa-appignanesi-about-mad-bad-and-sad-women-and-the-mind-doctors/comment-page-1/#comment-11748 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 02:38:05 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/07/an-interview-with-lisa-appignanesi-about-mad-bad-and-sad-women-and-the-mind-doctors/#comment-11748 Thanks for this message. I don’t think anyone with a psychoanalytic orientation holds to a purely social constructionist model–the main thing is that the way one lives with, experiences, and suffers from a disease is socially conditioned.

As far as blaming goes, I think Appignanesi’s take on this was pretty balanced: Labels can be quite comforting–“what I’m suffering from is real! others have it, too!”–but then people get put into a box. So, yes, as she says in the interview, the goal needs to be to change attitudes.

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By: Knitting Clio http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/07/an-interview-with-lisa-appignanesi-about-mad-bad-and-sad-women-and-the-mind-doctors/comment-page-1/#comment-11632 Fri, 11 Jul 2008 17:42:16 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/07/an-interview-with-lisa-appignanesi-about-mad-bad-and-sad-women-and-the-mind-doctors/#comment-11632 This is an interesting review and the book looks intriguing. While I agree somewhat with the relation ship between culture and disease categories, there’s nothing like getting a mood disorder yourself to recognize the limitations of social construction theory. [I have a colleague who likes to quip that it’s all well and good to say diseases are socially constructed until you get one — this guy’s wife died of cancer by the way]

Also, regarding the stigma of mental illness — is it really fair to place the blame on the patient seeking care? Shouldn’t the goal be to change social attitudes about mental illness?

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