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MOURAO, Renata Fernandes  and  GOULART, Daniel Magalhães. The delusion beyond the symptom: reflections from subjectivity theory. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.3, pp. 1-13. ISSN 2359-0769.

This article starts with a critique of the delirium concept in the hegemonic psychiatric perspective, to propose its definition from a different theoretical-conceptual basis: the theory of subjectivity in González Rey's cultural-historical perspective. It becomes possible to deconstruct the concept of pathology and advance the understanding of the mental disorder as a subjective configuration of a socially and historically situated conflict. In this sense, this theoretical framework allows us to generate intelligibility about individual and social singular processes that articulate in delirium, to legitimize it as a source of scientific knowledge and as a dimension to be considered in mental health care processes. Such understanding opens the possibility to consider the potentially creative dimension of delirium, constituting a production possibly linked to processes of subjective development, beyond a behavioral deficit relative to a supposed idealized norm.

Keywords : delirium; mental disorder; subjectivity; subjectivity theory; subjective development.

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