Amanda Diserholt

Amanda - BirkbeckI am broadly interested in the role of language in the formation of symptoms (mental and physical) and experiences, and the relationship between mind and body. My PhD project aims to explore this in relation to the condition Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). It will simultaneously focus on how linguistic expressions of diagnoses and symptoms in a clinical setting influence manifestation of the condition. These perspectives will be explored using Lacanian Discourse Analysis (LDA) – an approach derived from the psychoanalytic theory developed by Jaques Lacan. I am hoping that such a project will generate novel knowledge and discussions that will be beneficial for clinical practitioners, consequently diminishing the gap between research/theory and practice.

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