Dr Peter Kinderman argues that mental emotional distress is not a sign of illness but a symptom of social causes and pressure.
Depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia can be serious and debilitating experiences for people; but Dr Kinderman says the causes of these symptoms will not be found inside the brain but rather outside the person.
Unemployment, bullying, child abuse, these are often the causes of mental distress – and the treatment he prescribes is for all of us to take greater social responsibility to address the situation rather than just reaching for medication.
Dr Kinderman is Vice-President of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society.
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