Does anyone agree that our culture has become overly therapeutic?
It seems like these days everyone has some disorder or another. We’ve all got depression, anxiety problems, codependency issues, ADD, half of us are bipolar/unipolar what have you…
and apparently now every child needs ritalin and a steady supply of behavioral meds for their autism.
Doesn’t anyone else see that this is all just a ploy to make the pharmaceutical companies rich and richer?
I would define our society as overly diagnosed. In general, the stigma is still quite in place regarding admitting to and/or seeking treatment for mental health issues. As more people in the public eye “confess” to their bouts of depression, the overall negative view of depression has become slightly improved, yet also abused. I personally believe as we get further and futher from basic values and communication, the increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression are a natural result.
I think what frightens me the most is the alarming increase in childhood “psychiatric disorders.” To a certain extent children are supposed to have a shorter attention span. That is a skill that is acquired overtime (although I know many adults who have still not mastered this developmental skill). The medical field and the pharmaceutical companies must share some of the blame. Parents must also learn to advocate for their children, provide a healthy and nurturing environment and not, as some do, look for a “medicinal” quick fix for their children’s behaviors.
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