Summary #1264

What If Certain Mental Disorders Are Not Disorders At All?
  • Study by anthropologists suggests that our definition of mental disorders is inadequate, and conditions like anxiety and depression may not be medical.
  • Science has never proven that anxiety, depression or PTSD are inherited, and evidence shows that antidepressants aren’t reducing the rates of these conditions.
  • These conditions might be our natural responses to difficulty, and neuroscientists have been mapping them to our brain’s threat detection system.
  • ADHD also may not be a disorder, but simply a difference between our evolution and the societal norms we have created.
  • Depending on how we label these disorders, people will view them differently, so it’s important to get this right - but this shouldn’t influence current working treatments.


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