Why mental health is a political issue – Mark Fisher

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"It would be facile to argue that every single case of depression can be attributed to economic or political causes; but it is equally facile to maintain – as the dominant approaches to depression do – that the roots of all depression must always lie either in individual brain chemistry or in early childhood experiences. Most psychiatrists assume that mental illnesses such as depression are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, which can be treated by drugs. But most psychotherapy doesn’t address the social causation of mental illness either.

…We need to reverse the privatisation of stress and recognise that mental health is a political issue."

Read full article by Mark Fisher (kpunk) on Comment Is Free

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