Det Diagnosticerede Samfund

Sandra Ravnholdt Madsen, Anna Egeris Karstoft, Amalie Skovgaard Nielsen, Nanna Munch Schwartau & Lina Harding Madsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


1. Abstract In this project we have investigated the increased amount of diagnoses, that we have been witnesses to over the last decades, which can be understood in different manners. In our investigation, we have focused on Denmark, that, in spite of its high amount of diagnoses, again in 2012 has been elected the world’s happiest country. Our approach to the problem has been theoretical. Therefore we have chosen to include, among others, Svend Brinkmann, Carsten René Jørgensen and Ben Shahar, who all deal with the problem of diagnosis. We have divided our investigation into society, psychiatry, and individual, to find out where the responsibility for the increased amount of diagnoses can be localised. We have concluded that none of the areas can be neglected, and that they are closely intertwined. Next, we have examined the concept of happiness, and how this can be obtained, when looked upon from different points of view. We have done this to find out whether today’s norm for happiness is realistic, and whether this norm can have a relation to the increased amount of diagnoses, that we see today. Here our investigation has led us to conclude, that today’s norm, for some people in the society, can be out of proportion and hard to fulfill, which can be one of the underlying factors to the increased amount of diagnoses. Last we present a number of initiatives, that we in the light of the investigation, suggest could decrease the number of diagnoses in an appropriate way.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato16 maj 2013
VejledereMarian Nielsen


  • Diagnose
  • Psykologi