Medicated bodies: Mental distress, social media and affect
Tucker, I. and Goodings, L. 2016. Medicated bodies: Mental distress, social media and affect. New Media & Society. 20 (2), pp. 549-563.
|Authors||Tucker, I. and Goodings, L.|
Social media are increasingly being recruited into care practices in mental health. This paper analyses how a major new mental health social media site (www.elefriends.org.uk) is used when trying to manage the impact of psychiatric medication on the body. Drawing on Henri Bergson's concept of affection, analysis shows that Elefriends is used at particular moments of reconfiguration (e.g. change in dosage and/or medication), periods of self-experimentation (when people tailor their regimen by altering prescriptions or ceasing medication) and when dealing with a present bodily concern (showing how members have a direct, immediate relationship with the site). In addition, analysis illustrates how users face having to structure their communication to try to avoid 'triggering' distress in others. The paper concludes by pointing to the need to focus on the multiple emerging relationships between bodies and social media in mental health due to the ways the latter are becoming increasingly prominent technologies through which to experience the body when distressed.
|Journal||New Media & Society|
|Journal citation||20 (2), pp. 549-563|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1177/1461444816664347|
|19 Aug 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||26 Oct 2016|
|Funder||Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council|
|Copyright information||Tucker, Ian M. and Goodings, Lewis (2016) ‘Medicated bodies: Mental distress, social media and affect’, New Media & Society, 20(2), pp. 549-563. © 2016 The authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.|
|License||All rights reserved|
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