7_Healy - Shaping the Intimate

7_Healy - Shaping the Intimate - 224 Social Studies of...

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Social Studies of Science 34/2 By the mid-1990s, patients presenting with nervous problems typically talked about problems with their mood. When asked how long these problems might last, it was common to have patients say the problem might last for 30 minutes to several hours. This by definition is not a classical mood disorder, which involves a pervasive and persistent abnor- mality of mood, a dysthymia, lasting typically for several months, but at the very least for several weeks.3 Whether these conditions are appropriately called mood or anxiety disorders is immaterial. The problem that patients experienced as anxiety in the mid-1970s or early 1980s was transmuted first of all into panic attacks, and is now more likely to be called a mood disorder. Where aspects of the experience tied into physiological changes may remain constant, and may differ between anxiety and depression, it seems likely that a diagnosis of depression will demoralize, where a diagnosis of anxiety will lead to
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