By Alison Haggett
This e-book is open entry less than a CC by way of license and explores the under-researched background of male psychological disorder from the mid-twentieth century. It argues that data suggesting ladies were extra susceptible to melancholy and anxiousness are deceptive considering that they underplay a number of different shows of 'distress' extra universal in men.
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Indeed, most physicians at this time were men themselves, and therefore bound by the same nexus of constraints and expectations as their male patients. Shifting concepts of mental disorder Recent academic interest in the history of psychiatric disorders suggests there was a notable shift from an age of ‘anxiety’, post-Second Psychological Illness and General Practice 23 World War, to a period from the 1970s in which depression emerged as the dominant concept. Allan Horwitz, writing about the American experience, argues that this in part reflected the criticism directed at psychiatry’s diagnostic system by critics such as Thomas Szasz and D.
Helen Flanders Dunbar, the first editor of the American journal Psychosomatic Medicine, proposed that individual personality characteristics tended to be associated with certain conditions. 87 Franz Alexander, another key figure in the development of the psychosomatic movement, fostered a psychoanalytic model whereby different diseases were thought to be caused by specific unconscious conflicts. 88 Peptic ulcer attracted much attention from physicians and commentators who were sympathetic to a holistic approach because it appeared to strike individuals with specific characteristics and often after stressful life events.
I think there was resistance [from patients] to any kind of that. 58 This doctor felt that it was all bound up with ‘the macho thing for men . . women will talk about their feelings . . men rarely do that. 59 Robert Manley, who spent his entire career in general practice in the West Midlands, also confirmed that male anxiety often presented as gastric symptoms. Speaking about patients with digestive disorders, his testimony was typical of those interviewed on the subject: I have no doubt that amongst all these people there were a lot who were also worriers .
A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945–1980 by Alison Haggett