|Institution:||University of Otago|
|Keywords:||phenomenology; depression; psychiatry; embodiment; DSM-5; existential-phenomenology; salience; motor-intentionality|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5605|
The aim of my research is not to determine the necessary and sufficient conditions that indicate presence of depression. Rather the aim is to examine how the DSM-5 criteria constrain our understanding of depression, whether the criteria capture anything meaningful about the syndrome, and how depression can more accurately be characterized from within an existential-phenomenological framework that relies on Maurice Merleau-Ponty's metaphysics of embodiment.