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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


SALAS SONEIRA, Miguel  and  PIE BALAGUER, Asun. Tracing biomedical narratives in biography. Self-perception and embodied resistances. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2019, vol.39, n.135, pp.91-109.  Epub Nov 11, 2019. ISSN 2340-2733.

Based on an ethnographic study conducted in Galicia (Spain) during 2013-2014, this paper analyses the impact of biomedical praxis in therapeutic environments, particularly on how people diagnosed with mental disorders attribute personal meanings to their own psychic suffering. Drawing from different personal biographical accounts of people diagnosed with schizophrenia, we highlight certain biomedical discourses and practices actually interfering the way in which they identify the causes of their own suffering. As an attempt to step beyond the hegemonic frameworks and practices in dealing with mental suffering, we propose some other theoretical approaches (e.g. socio-educational, dialogical, and critical ones), emphasizing personal grounded knowledge among other alternative options.

Keywords : mental disorders; personal autonomy; narration; social oppression; social norms; power; social marginalization; patient participation.

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