Why Psychiatry is Irrelevant, Part VIII

In case you haven’t been following (or your reading comprehension is really poor), this series demolishes the idea that one even needs to look at a broken brain as a likely reason for depressive or anxious symptoms. There are far too many more sensible and universally experienced alternatives. Psychiatry really is irrelevant.

Today, we look at socioeconomic factors that could cause or exacerbate depression and/or anxiety. Some of these would be enough for even the most resilient person to slip into depression.

Socioeconomic factors:

–Poverty (both abject poverty and relative poverty)

–Oppression

–Injustice (e.g., being unjustly accused/convicted of a crime or witnessing a member of your group experience the same

–Prejudice/Bigotry

–Racism, Ageism, and Sexism (experienced or witnessed)

–Religious persecution

–Politicism (being mocked, ridiculed, devalued for one’s political affiliation or opinion)

Essentially, any social or economic forces that communicate to a person or group that they are less valuable, worthwhile, or lovable because of their social or economic status creates an emotional vulnerability that, without great resilience and sufficient health in other areas, is likely to result in depression and/or anxiety.

Just another set of human beings for whom the psychiatric model is not only irrelevant, but demeaning, dehumanizing, and worth ridicule.

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