Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The rise of mental illness isn’t all in their head

Historically, we have treated mental illness, including substance abuse, depression and anger, as a problem of individuals. Send them to a shrink or give them some drugs. (If we do anything at all.)

But our society contributes to the prevalence of these problems. The more unequal a society, the higher the rates of mental illness, not only for people at the bottom of the totem pole, also for people at the top. Groups that feel mistreated by society are more likely to act out their frustration. And in autocratic organizations, employees “retire and stay,” become “maliciously obedient,” or even sabotage.

This article quickly reviews the data on social impacts on mental well-being and provides suggestions for a path forward.


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