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Acceptable vs trivial stan_the_man70

Posted by ed_uk2010 on February 23, 2015, at 13:58:25

In reply to Why is 20% of the population mentally ill ?, posted by stan_the_man70 on February 20, 2015, at 2:21:50

>About one in five American adults (18.6%) has a mental illness in any given year....

I think it's rather unfortunate that the 'mental illness is extremely common' propaganda, which has probably made it more 'acceptable' to have a mental health problem, has also potentially trivialised mental illness in the eyes of the general public. In the past, psychiatry was often associated with negative concepts of 'crazy people' locked up for years in state mental institutions. Now, we run the risk of creating the impression that it's something minor, which most people have from time to time... and which can usually be fixed by popping a pill in a shiny new box.

 

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