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Estudos Interdisciplinares em Psicologia

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CAMPOS, Érico Bruno Viana. A psychoanalytical perspective on nowadays depression. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.7, n.2, pp. 22-44. ISSN 2236-6407.

Abstract The paper analyzes the phenomenon of epidemic depression nowadays as a symptom of the socio-cultural setting of contemporary subjectivity, through a critique to the framework of psychiatric psychopathology from psychoanalysis. It shows the importance of taking depression as an expression of collusion in the removal of the subject in contemporary times, as the result of a movement of social medicalization. It also presents an overview of the understanding of depression in psychoanalytic psychopathology, highlighting its structural unspecificity and pointing out different trends about their fundamental position in the Lacanian and object relations traditions. It argues that the depressive problems must be taken in their different structural arrangements, as an expression of failure and fixings along the narcissistic-melancholy axis of subjectivity constitution as a relevant and comprising model for understanding the problem of depression in psychoanalysis.

Keywords : depression; psychoanalysis; psychopathology; medicalization; culture.

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