No really! Who’d have thought it? To cynical?
A change in how we think about depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions is coming. For decades it’s always been the individual’s fault. It’s the individual that somehow needs fixing. However, researchers are now clearly showing links to social factors.
The message for years has been that if you have one of these conditions that you need to fix, you only have to take the right pill and all will be well. However, pills only work for a few people and, long term, over a year, virtually nobody continues to benefit. Currently, the strategy is to try a different pill.
Another approach is to send people to some form of therapy. I know I make a lot of my living by helping people with anxiety and depression get their lives back. But what if the real cause was not the individual but on how they connect with the broader society around them. Meaningful work, close family relationships and friends, in the community, that also shapes and define the meaning and purpose of their lives. The evidence is becoming very clear that these factors are also important.
Most of us have friends or family members who are seriously afflicted with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and a whole collection of other life limiting conditions. To be honest, I know it’s all too easy to occasionally think that “if only they could pull themselves together”, “they must be part of the problem”, “why can’t they just sort themselves out?”
Perhaps there are some things they can do to help, however maybe the problem is bigger than them.
What are your thoughts on this?
Living in poverty can significantly harm people’s mental health, a study has found. New research has shown that those who live in poor neighbourhoods are more likely to develop mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression. Far from being an issue in developing countries, poverty is a very real issue in the UK.