Title

Normative Orthodoxies in Depression and the 'Space' for Alternative Discourses

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

Irrespective of the country where one practices or the particular population(s) that one works with, the likelihood is extremely high that as a psychiatric nurse, you will encounter depressed people. Interestingly, when one considers the state of the science this can be regarded as a somewhat counterintuitive situation. While the almost hyperbolic assertions that depression is a biological disease like any other biological disease continue, a more candid appraisal of the current state of the science indicates that it is disingenuous to make such claims. I sincerely hope that others will join in and contribute to this debate; our own ‘open-minded realism’ requires each of us to be receptive to a range of possibilities rather then reaching and practicing from the basis of premature epistemological conclusions regarding depression.

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DOI

10.1016/j.apnu.2009.03.004