that often speaks of PPD as a distinct disorder occurring within 3-12 months after childbirth. Using theoretical insights from Foucault, science and technology studies, and feminism, I am mapping the emergence of PPD-related psychiatric discourse, including how the DSM-IV classification of postpartum onset was established. This paper will bring together initial findings from interviews with prominent PPD researchers, archival data, and published psychiatric literature to discuss the classification of postpartum psychiatric problems and how psychiatric debates have employed risk discourses and gendered assumptions about parenting.
Maria Liegghio. Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
Madness Never Dies: Death, Dying, and Bereavement Under the DSM
This paper explores the ways the DSM governs death, dying, and bereavement. Examples from my subjective experiences demonstrate the ways the DSM denies people’s human rights, humanity, and dignity while dying and at death. In my mother’s situation, the DSM and her diagnosis of manic depression shadowed her dying and the home palliative care services provided to her for cancer. At the moment my mother’s symptoms shifted from physical to mental confusion and increased irritability, the in home care was removed citing policies about worker safety against perceptions about my mother’s dangerousness. At the time of my brother’s sudden death, the DSM was also evoked to address questions about whether or not his death confirmed the presence of a mental disorder. Under the DSM, my mother and brother were denied the dignity and humanity of dying with sanity, while my own grief and bereavement are overpowered by notions that madness never dies.
End Electroshock Now: Contemporary Resistance Against Electroshock in Canada
Don Weitz. Antipsychiatry Activist, Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault
Shaindl Diamond. Psychology, University of Toronto & Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault.
Part I. Educating and Organizing
Drawing from empirical research and psychiatric survivor narratives, this workshop will provide information about the effects of electroshock therapy. The video, Electroshock is Not a Healing Option, will be shown. It features personal testimonies about electroshock from Inquiry into Psychiatry, the public hearings hosted by the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault at Toronto City Hall in April 2005. The presenters will also discuss the context of historical and contemporary movements against electroshock with a particular focus on anti-shock resistance in Canada.