Stigning af psykiatriske diagnoser

Jane Rudolph Børgensen, Philip Frederik Frandsen, Christian Freese Hansen, Ann-Sophie Møller, Emma Lund Rasmussen & Mille Vesth

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper is an analysis of the aspects and tendencies of the increasing prevalence of psychological diagnoses in late modern society. Is pathology of mental illness the main source of the increase, and does the aspects of being given a diagnosis interfere with the individual? Through comparisons of the international and American diagnosis system, professors and critics, we looked at how the individual and society cope with each other, and the discourses that exists in between. The rapid changes that characterize the structure of today’s western society, and the effects of the positive or negative consequences they have for the individual. By identifying these consequences, we illuminate whether the late modern society generates increase of mental illness, or if new psychiatric research and knowledge provides better criteria to detect and diagnose mental illness. We define the consequences of pathologization, which illustrates the development in the society’s perception of negative emotions. The paper deals with the complexity of mental disorders, which links to the ordinary fluctuations in mood, and whether or not an official diagnoses is appropriate.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2015
VejledereArne Poulsen


  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Patologisering
  • Sygdomsidentitet
  • Diagnoser
  • Stress