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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Clinical interpretations and ordinary lives: Stories from psychiatric anthropology


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 2.20

This panel is an immersion in sensitive ethnographies that document contemporary engagements with mental health services and systems, psychiatric discourses, and therapeutic practices around the world. Writing about Iran, Orkideh Behrouzan (2016) draws attention to how the normalization of the psychiatric vernacular has engendered new ways of knowing, interpreting, and perceiving oneself and others in the world. A growing literature shows how nuanced ethnographies can illuminate local ‘ecologies of suffering’ (Jadhav et al, 2015:13) that can be used to inform and question constructions of mental health as global (Jain and Orr, 2016). Engaging with this, the panel will focus on specific ways that the psychotherapeutic language and practice penetrate the everyday life of people grappling not only with mental distress but also with the external ambiguities of how mental health and its ‘treatments’ are understood in their, and others’, societies. We aim to foreground the voices of variously situated actors who (struggle to) make sense of different mental states (their own and those experienced by others) against a landscape where mental health is positioned as global. We are interested in the stories of those who are engaged in ‘doing’ mental health through the ‘tinkering’ of acts of care (Moser, Mol 2010) – in clinics, homes, community centres, schools, centres for elderly people , primary care settings, and more. Focus is on how mental health is ‘done’ and what diagnostic categories ‘do’ (Mills and Hilberg, in press) in diverse sites around the world.


  • P 13.1
    • Dr. Witeska-Młynarczyk, Anna (University of Warsaw)
    • Dr. Mills, China (University of Sheffield/City University London)
  • P 13.2
    • Dr. Witeska-Młynarczyk, Anna (University of Warsaw)
    • Dr. Mills, China (University of Sheffield/City University London)

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Between 2015-2018, I worked on an ethnographic project about the Polish children’s experiences with ADHD diagnosis. My work was based in a middle size Polish town where I followed a few boys, some of them undergoing the diagnostic processes, some of them already holding an ADHD diagnosis. I observed them in various contexts – family, school and therapeutic spaces. In the two cases of boys hold ... More
Presented by Dr. Anna WITESKA-MŁYNARCZYK on 28/8/2019 at 13:45
Drawing from a year-long ethnographic immersion in the services of the French Juvenile Judicial Services in Paris, this paper examines psychiatric rehabilitation alternatives to youth imprisonment. The contemporary surge in juvenile delinquency, youth extremism and radicalization, as well as conduct disorders among adolescents have challenged the rehabilitative and containment potential of the pri ... More
Presented by Christos PANAGIOTOPOULOS on 28/8/2019 at 12:00
The concept of autism represents a very broad range of behavioral, cognitive and sensory atypicalities. Attempts to consolidate this unstable category are normally the purview of cognitive neuroscientists, psychologists and geneticists. Yet similar efforts, to invest coherent meaning into this ambiguous label, are also made by autistic people themselves. This paper draws on fieldwork carried out a ... More
Presented by Dr. Ben BELEK on 28/8/2019 at 14:05
This paper analyzes how antidepressants and benzodiazepines users in Uruguay understand and experience psychopharmaceutical treatments and their connections with mental distress and everyday lives. Antidepressants and benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed psychotropic drugs by psychiatrists, general practitioners and family doctors in the country. Even though there are no reliable psych ... More
Presented by Santiago NAVARRO on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
Autoimmune diseases and psychological ‘wounds’ are often characterized as a battle against oneself: autoimmunity as the reduction of one’s immune system’s capacity to distinguish between one’s own cells and foreign ones, while in many ways psychological wounds are seen as implying self-sabotage. The ‘disease’ is normally seen as a part of the person (its immune system and/or a neuros ... More
Presented by Dr. Márcio VILAR on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
Mental illnesses and work-related mental health are becoming a social issue in contemporary Chile. Currently, there has been an exponential increase of psychiatric medical leave in the country and they are considered to be the main cause of work absenteeism. In a context where “common” and “occupational” health are financially and medically separated in two different healthcare systems, in ... More
Presented by Sofia BOWEN on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
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