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Subjectivity

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 277–297 | Cite as

Neurological entanglements: The case of paediatric depressions, SSRIs and suicidal ideation

  • Elizabeth A Wilson
Original Article

Abstract

This article explores the neurological entanglements that are the stuff of depressive states in treatment. My particular concern is the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in depressed paediatric populations. The use of antidepressants to treat childhood and adolescent depressions has become more frequent in recent years, and more controversial. My ambition is not to intervene into these debates directly, but to push some of our thinking about the substrata of depression in new directions. I am interested in what philosophies of the body and what theories of mind the psychological literatures about paediatric depression lean on, and silently promote. Drawing on neurological and clinical trial data, the article argues that depressive states are neither caused nor cured by singular events (a gene; a pharmaceutical); rather they are complex, non-deterministic sedimentations of pharmaco-affective, ideo-chemical and neuro-social affiliations.

Keywords

neuroscience depression SSRI childhood intra-action 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth A Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Women'sGender and Sexuality Studies, Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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