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Diagnostic culture: The experience, history and social representation of depression and ADHD

Research project from Center for Qualitative Studies

What does it mean that we in today’s society make diagnoses such as depression and ADHD more than ever?


By focusing on depression and ADHD in the adult population, this project seeks to investigate:


  • How adults experience the process of receiving these diagnoses, and what it means for them to have their experience of suffering filtered through a diagnostic and psychiatric vocabulary
  • How depression and ADHD are constituted in public discussions in media, films and television
  • How these diagnostic categories have emerged and developed historically to become influential in many people’s self-understanding.

By looking at the phenomena from several angles at the same time, we hope to be able to chart an expanding diagnostic culture and thereby contribute to the current discussion about psychiatric diagnoses. The project's homepage.

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