Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Reflections on mental health and social ideals
Joseph E. Davis Ph.D.
In our society, there may be no more important question than how our later years can be lived well.
Disorder language, with its implicit biology, can mislead people about the nature of their suffering. Keeping free of it will facilitate richer reflection.
Pervasive peer comparisons by adolescents attending high-achieving schools are fanning the flames of anxiety and depression symptoms, recent research finds.
Choosing an identity, a task faced at younger and younger ages, would be challenging enough, but young people must also confront distinct expectations of how it is good to be.
The idea that mental disorders are an illness or disease “just like” diabetes is a commonplace. But the analogy is deeply misleading in both theory and practice. It should be abandoned.
This viral storm is exposing deep contradictions in our way of life. None is greater than our ambivalent relationship to the frail elderly.
Americans have come to trust almost reflexively in the power of biology, biochemistry, and genetics to fix what ails us. There is reason to be concerned.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, prescriptions for antianxiety and antidepressant medications have risen sharply. While understandable, there are good reasons to be concerned.
Joseph E. Davis is Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Picturing the Human Colloquy of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.