The Rise of Anorexia in Hong Kong
The Wave That Brought PTSD to Sri Lanka
The Shifting Mask of Schizophrenia in Zanzibar
The Mega-Marketing of Depression in Japan
The Global Economic Crisis and the Future of Mental Illness
Here's a brief introduction:
In teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we have been, for better or for worse, homogenizing the way the world goes mad.
Mental health professionals trained in the West, and in the United States in particular, create the official categories of mental diseases. The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM (the "bible" of the profession, as it is sometimes called), has become the worldwide standard.
Multibillion-dollar conglomerates [drug companies] have an incentive to promote universal disease categories because they can make fortunes selling the drugs that purport to cure those illnesses.
We should worry about this loss of diversity in the world's differing conceptions and treatments of mental illness in exactly the same way we worry about the loss of biological diversity in nature. Modes of healing and culturally specific beliefs about how to achieve mental health can be lost to humanity with the grim finality of an animal or plant lapsing into extinction.
The second book thrown carelessly beside my bed is Room by Emma Donoghue. (Oh how I love Irish authors). I can't really comment on it yet because I have no idea what is going on but I know it is going to be good. Oh, it is written from the point of view of a five year old.
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