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Thursday, January 14, 2021

If the aim of American foreign policy is to win hearts and minds, the good news is that it’s been achieved; the bad news is that those “won” minds are now warped by exported psychoses.

There is now good evidence to suggest that in the process of teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we’ve been exporting our Western “symptom repertoire” as well. That is, we’ve been changing not only the treatments but also the expression of mental illness in other cultures. Indeed, a handful of mental-health disorders — depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anorexia among them — now appear to be spreading across cultures with the speed of contagious diseases. These symptom clusters are becoming the lingua franca of human suffering, replacing indigenous forms of mental illness.

One world, united by common madness maladies? At least the pharmaceutical companies will make a killing by having a uniform global market for their head-shrinking wares…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 01/14/2010 11:31 PM
Category: Science, Society
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