Adverse events: On bad affects and the antidepressant wars with Professor Elizabeth A. Wilson
There is a loose alliance of critics (feminists, anti-psychiatry activists, clinicians) who maintain that antidepressant medications pose a significant threat to the patients who take them: are adolescents, in particular, more susceptible to suicidal ideation when they take antidepressants? This paper argues for the necessary entanglement of harm and cure in psychological treatments and it considers the importance of over-interpretation of pharmaceutical data. It sets out some challenges for a feminist politics of adverse events in the pharmaceutical era: what underlies the phantasy of harm-free psychological treatments? Do such phantasies produce their own adverse effects? What roles should bad feelings and toxic psychological states have in feminist accounts of psychopharmaceuticals?
Professor Elizabeth A. Wilson is Chair of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Gut Feminism (Duke University Press 2015) and is writing an introduction to the work of Silvan Tomkins with Adam Frank (University of British Columbia).
Introduction, chairing and responses by Celia Roberts (Feminist Theory and Lancaster University), Felicity Callard (Hubbub and Durham University) and Des Fitzgerald (Hubbub and Cardiff University) and Yasmin Gunaratnam (Goldsmiths).
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