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The Culture of Our Discontent: Beyond the Medical Model of Mental Illness

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By many estimations, the Western medical model of mental health is dangerously incomplete. If we step outside of the traditional disease model there are many new and different ways to understand, treat, and even accept mental illness. Culture--how we collectively live, interact, and view the world--frames our mental outlook. Arguably, culture even creates it. Western cultu ...more
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published November 9th 2006 by Joseph Henry Press (first published October 6th 2006)
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Apr 12, 2009 Kendra rated it liked it
A very interesting perspective on mental illness. The author is an anthropologist, and takes a cultural view of common mental issues, examining them in the context of Western medicine and as well as non-Western societies. Fascinating.
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I like all her work. Although this was much less in depth than Our Babies, Ourselves, it was still a thought-provoking but easy read.
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“For all we know, our ancestors may have had better reproductive success not because they were smart, but because they were emotionally sensitive, dynamically moody, and ridden with anxiety. In other words, it makes sense to hold up an evolutionary lens to mental disorders because they might not be disorders at all, but adaptations.” 0 likes
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