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Black dogs and blue words : depression and gender in the age of self-care

Author: Kimberly Emmons
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Analyzes the rhetoric surrounding depression. Maintains that the techniques and language of depression marketing strategies, vague words such as worry, irritability, and loss of interest, target women and young girls and encourage self-diagnosis and self-medication. Further, depression narratives and other texts encode a series of gendered messages about health and illness. As depression and other forms of mental  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kimberly Emmons
ISBN: 9780813547206 0813547202
OCLC Number: 359166918
Description: xii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Depression, a rhetorical illness --
Articulate depression : the discursive legacy of biological psychiatry --
Strategic imprecision and the self-doctoring drive --
Isolating words : metaphors that shape depression's identities --
Telling stories of depression : models for the gendered self --
Diagnostic genres and the reconfiguring of medical expertise --
Conclusion : toward a rhetorical care of the self.
Responsibility: Kimberly K. Emmons.

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Individuals with feelings of sadness and irritability are encouraged to 'talk to your doctor'. These have become buzz words in the promotion of wonder-drug cures since 1997, when the Food and Drug  Read more...

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