The madness of women : myth and experience by Jane M Ussher

By Jane M Ussher

Drawing on educational and medical adventure, together with case reviews and in-depth interviews, in addition to at the now vast serious literature within the box of psychological overall healthiness, Jane Ussher offers a severe multifactorial research of women's insanity that either addresses the suggestion that insanity is a fable, and but recognizes the truth and a number of factors of women's misery. content material: publication disguise; name; COPYRIGHT; CONTENTS; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; 1 THE insanity of ladies: fantasy or experience?; 2 THE DAUGHTER of anxiety: melancholy as a ẁoman's problem'?; three LABELLING ladies AS MAD: Regulating and oppressing ladies; four lady AS item, no longer topic: insanity as reaction to objectification and sexual violence; five the development AND LIVED adventure OF WOMEN'S misery: Positioning premenstrual switch as psychiatric sickness; 6 WOMEN'S insanity: Resistance and survival; APPENDIX; NOTES; REFERENCES; INDEX; summary: Drawing on educational and medical event, together with case experiences and in-depth interviews, in addition to at the now huge severe literature within the box of psychological healthiness, Jane Ussher provides a severe multifactorial research of women's insanity that either addresses the thought that insanity is a fable, and but recognizes the truth and a number of motives of women's misery

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However, psychoanalytic insight has been used to inform the body of work described as `relationalcultural theory',[162]xii or feminist object relations theory,[163] which argues that from childhood, girls and women are taught to be attuned to the needs of others, to gain a sense of self through connection with others, and to participate in the development of others. As Alexandra Kaplan writes, `while existing theories posit some form of autonomy or separation as the developmental path, women's core self-structure, or their primary 32 DEPRESSION AS A `WOMAN'S PROBLEM'?

Probably eight years of just being totally locked in. Poor old Paul never knew quite what to say. . He'd be saying, look it's only about ®ve years and I thought I can't visualise another ®ve hours and he's saying it's only another ®ve years. . 68] when women are faced with the non-negotiation and incessant demands of this dependent life? 19] However, as I have outlined above, research that has examined depression over the lifespan suggests that women are less likely to be diagnosed with depression at midlife and beyond than in their younger years.

The cultural context within which a woman lives,[85] and the ways in which she negotiates and copes with premenstrual change,[86] will in¯uence whether this change is accepted as a normal part of her experience, or positioned as `symptoms' that should be eradicated because they leave her feeling `out of control' ± issues that are explored in detail in Chapter 5. [103±104] Idealised cultural constructions of motherhood, internalised by women, are also in¯uential. [105] While women knew that there was no such thing as the perfect mother, they each had ®rm expectations of how they should `cope', and found it dif®cult to accept any failure in meeting these impossibly high standards.

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