An article published in New Ideas in Psychology hypothesizes that mental health awareness efforts in Western countries may be partially responsible for the rise of mental health problems those countries are experiencing. Psychologists Lucy Foulkes from the University of Oxford in the UK and Jack Andrews from the University of New South Wales in Australia wrote the article.
Foulkes and Andrews argue that the increase in mental health problems in places pushing greater mental health awareness likely involves at least two precipitating factors. First, more people with mental health problems accurately report symptoms that would have been under-reported, ignored, or dismissed if not for greater mental health awareness. Second, some people with mild forms of distress incorrectly interpret their experience as a mental health problem.
According to the authors, the latter case can lead to mental health problems that would have otherwise not existed due to the power of labeling. They write:
“First, we argue that mental health awareness efforts are leading to more accurate reporting of previously under-recognized symptoms, a beneficial outcome. Second, and more problematically, we propose that awareness efforts are leading some individuals to interpret and report milder forms of distress as mental health problems. We propose that this then leads some individuals to experience a genuine increase in symptoms because labeling distress as a mental health problem can affect an individual’s self-concept and behavior in a way that is ultimately self-fulfilling.”
Mental Health Awareness Campaigns May Actually Lead to Increases in Mental Distress
Psychosis pills were hailed as a great advance, but this was because they kept the patients docile and quiet.
I have several of Dr ‘s books . He was alive when I started my waking and very honored in the movement against psychiatry as we now know it . It’s a very lucrative profession co joined with Big Pharma ( chemical companies) and very powerful ; deadly and the culprit for the erasure of families. Diagnosing behavior , no test and prescribing toxic medications which distort and often destroy the health and well being of a targeted individual as the list of drugs increases with ” side effects ” of said RX
The 80’s , ” The Society of Suicide” accepted the shadow side of psychiatry and this deception took root in our legal system which has only gotten much worse .
I highly recommend any of Dr S ‘s books and found this one is on Youtube and with a Christian take on the book but mostly correct in his summation .
The Myth Of Mental Illness
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FMad/Cripistemologies of Pandemic Parenting: Insights for Our “Post-COVID-19” Present
By Nadia Mbonde
Respondents described the grief and rage associated with being socially isolated while healing from childbirth and caring for a newborn, in some cases, entirely on their own.
“The COVID-19 pandemic revealed structural inequality impacting the mental health of expectant and new parents worldwide. My ongoing ethnographic research since March 2020 explores how pregnant and postpartum people navigate mental health challenges under the threat of COVID-19. While there is evidence that disturbances in maternal mental health are triggered by hormonal changes and physiological stressors imposed on the body throughout pregnancy and childbirth, my work highlights the social component of psychological distress and disablement this population experiences.”