The Quest for Mental Health: A Tale of Science, Medicine, Scandal, Sorrow, and Mass Society (Cambridge Essential Histories)

The Quest for Mental Health: A Tale of Science, Medicine, Scandal, Sorrow, and Mass Society (Cambridge Essential Histories)


this can be the tale of 1 of the main far-reaching human endeavors in background: the search for psychological wellbeing and fitness. From its origins within the eighteenth century to its extensive scope within the early twenty-first, this look for emotional health and wellbeing and welfare has rate billions. within the identify of psychological overall healthiness, hundreds of thousands all over the world were tranquilized, institutionalized, psycho-analyzed, sterilized, lobotomized, or even euthanized. but on the sunrise of the recent millennium, stated charges of melancholy and anxiousness are unprecedentedly excessive. Drawing on years of box examine, Ian Dowbiggin argues that if the search for emotional healthiness has reached a quandary aspect within the twenty-first century, reason why mass society is enveloped by way of cultures of therapism and consumerism, which more and more recommend bureaucratic and managerial methods to overall healthiness and welfare. through the years, stake-holders equivalent to governments, educators, drug businesses, the media, the coverage undefined, the courts, the supporting professions, and a public whose flavor for remedy turns out insatiable have reworked the crusade to accomplish psychological overall healthiness right into a flow that has come to intend all issues to nearly every person. As Dowbiggin exhibits, except systemic adjustments happen, the search for psychological future health is probably going to make populations extra depressing earlier than they turn into happier.

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