Selvkritik og diagnosticering i konkurrencestaten Danmark

Frederik Meldgaard Lauridsen

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This year Danish psychologist Mette Bratlann published her new book - Quaterway - about finding a way into adulthood. Describing how mid life crisis is turning into a quater life crisis. The numbers of young Danes with mental health problems is rising rapidly. One out of four girls between 16 and 24 has been diagnosed with mental health issues. A previously unseen number of young adults are being diagnosed with anxiety, stress and depression. And all of this happens, while the classic parameters of well-being - growth, high employment etc. - are even better than before the financial crisis in 2008.
This project examines why women between the ages of 20 and 30 years are being overrepresented in the growing number of people with mental health problems and diagnosis.
Through three main theories - the competition state, the diagnosis culture and the U-turn of critique - I present several theses, that explain the paradox within the competition state. In my project I test these hypotheses by interviewing three young women, who all got their first diagnosis within their twenties. Based on these interviews and my theory I find that the answer lies within the way the competition state has embedded its values into these women’s most inner values. They are promised eternal freedom and options, which makes them become soldiers fighting for the nation in the battle for a new global market. My study states that this battle is exhausting because it turns each individual life into a never-ending competition. A competition with no winners and a lot of lost souls, blaming themselves for the consequences of a new state model.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato15 dec. 2019
Antal sider31
VejledereBrian Gardner Mogensen


  • konkurrencestat
  • kritikkens U-vending
  • Diagnosekultur
  • Kvartlivskrise