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Tempo Social

versão impressa ISSN 0103-2070versão On-line ISSN 1809-4554

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PERRUSI, Artur. Psychological distress, individualism and the use of psychotropic medications: mental health and contemporary individuality. Tempo soc. [online]. 2015, vol.27, n.1, pp.139-159. ISSN 0103-2070.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0103-20702015017.

The article examines the relationship between psychological distress, individualism and the use of psychotropics medications. Its argument is developed through an exploration of the following hypotheses: (a) psychological distress has become reconfigured and, as a result, the social status of psychological distress has changed; (b) these reconfigurations are a sign of alterations in the process of subjectivization; (c) elective affinities exist between these changes and contemporary individualism; (d) psychological distress manifests primarily as "psychic pain"; and (e) the therapy for psychological distress has became "analgesia",' stimulating extensive use of psychotropic treatments.

Palavras-chave : Psychological distress; Individualism; Use of psychotropic medications.

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