Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Bandy X. Lee M.D., M.Div.
Nuclear war, together with environmental degradation, represent a precipitous drive toward collective suicide and are thus forms of violence against ourselves.
Mental health professionals must be a witness to what is not normal and what could quickly become a mass movement toward self-destruction.
Just as the prevention of violence turns out to be not only possible but eﬀective and cost-eﬀective, non-violence has proven to be not just utopian but powerful and enduring.
In the face of pathological impulses combined with real power, resistance is one of the most pivotal ways of preserving health.
Perverting ethical rules and what it means to politicize psychiatry has its consequences.
Even if the body politic was caught off-guard because it was not used to tyrants, once exposed to the pathogen it can bolster its immune system and build its ability to fight back.
Apart from being the most potent cause of violent behavior, inequality is a form of violence in itself, called structural violence.
Everyone is part of an ecology, and the most effective way to prevent individual violence, far before it even becomes an issue, is to care for the wider ecology.
As scientific fields describing natural phenomena, medicine and psychiatry have the ability to serve as neutralizing grounds for politics.
A physician must recognize responsibility to patients first and foremost, as well as to society.
At this critical juncture, psychiatry would do well to find its place in the larger community of human efforts.
Bandy Lee, M.D., is a forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine and project group leader for the World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance. She also authored the textbook Violence.