By Alison Haggett
This e-book is open entry less than a CC by way of license and explores the under-researched heritage of male psychological affliction from the mid-twentieth century. It argues that information suggesting ladies were extra prone to melancholy and nervousness are deceptive in view that they underplay a bunch of other shows of 'distress' extra universal in men.
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However, with what was to become a defining feature of much of the research to follow, the survey also found that ‘ill-defined illness’ – sickness that did not fit into clear categories – accounted for a significant amount of morbidity. 22 As will become evident in this book, there is good reason to suggest that many vague diagnoses were related to psychosomatic and psychological illness in men. Motivated by such high levels of neurotic illness, and the concomitant anxieties about the economic cost of sickness absence, from the late 1950s, much research took place in general practice with the aim of understanding more about the causes and prevalence of mental 26 A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain illness.
47 However, the questions about symptoms that reflected physical illness relate to pressure or pain in the head, hot or cold spells and ‘feeling run down’. Somatic symptoms that were more common in men, such as gastric disorders, might not have been detected by GHQ questions. 48 30 A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain Somatoform presentations in men In his much-cited book, Psychiatric Illness in General Practice (1966), Shepherd cautioned that there were many difficulties involved in supplying general practitioners with a formal definition of a psychiatric case.
Fry’s notes indicate that the individual was suffering from ‘overwork and tension’, for which he recommended ‘less work’ and ‘rest’. Another male, born in 1900, presented to the surgery in 1959 with dyspepsia, from which he had apparently suffered ‘for years’. The notes suggest that, as a child this patient had endured a ‘very disturbed home life’ and that he also complained of ‘chest pains and anxiety’. The patient was prescribed sodium amytal – a sedative barbiturate, which Fry prescribed with regularity.
A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945–1980 by Alison Haggett