Schizophrenia as a Disorder of Mood

in Emotions and Personhood

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199660575
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191754784 | DOI:

Series: ippp (international perspectives in phlosophy and psychiatry)

Schizophrenia as a Disorder of Mood

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Chapter 8 is dedicated to a detailed analysis of the transformations of the life-world in the early stages of schizophrenia. The dramatic transformation of the schizophrenic life-world involves changes in the spatial, material, and temporal structure of experience, and has serious consequences for how such persons live as embodied persons, and how they understand the existence of other people, interpret their experiences and bestow meaning on their lives. The chapter argues that moods are fundamental for our access to and understanding of these psychopathological changes. It suggests that the basic vulnerability to schizophrenia can be envisioned as a disorder of mood, and especially as the switching-off of a dispositive which discloses our primordial sense of belonging to the world. It opts for a dialectical model of the pathogenesis of full-blown schizophrenic symptoms, arguing that these symptoms are the result of the dialectics between the schizophrenic person and his own vulnerability.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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