CBT forwards a hyper-rational perspective of human suffering that complements a managerialist culture of efficiency and institutionalization in the Western world.
In a new report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dr. Dainius Pūras, calls for a move away from the biomedical model and “excessive use of psychotropic medicines.”
Researchers explore neoliberal influences on interactions in psychotherapy and question whether the radical potential of psychotherapy can counter prevailing social systems.
Without clarity and consensus around what social justice means, psychologists risk perpetuating injustices that undermine their stated mission.
An anthropological look at the Global Mental Health (GMH) movement suggests several ethical problems and contradictions in its mission.
A re-visioned approach to social psychiatry aims to understand the broad influence of social life on mental health.
MIA’s Micah Ingle interviews Mary Watkins about reorienting psychology toward liberation and social justice.
Derek Summerfield, consultant psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley National Health Service Foundation Trust, challenges the assumption that Western depression is a universal condition.
Contemporary empirical research explores new ways to conceptualize and heal racial trauma through anticolonial and sociohistorical lenses.
Are White Americans’ poor mental health outcomes caused by Whiteness?
A new study explores how “psychosis” and “schizophrenia” are viewed within the Māori community in New Zealand.
Trauma-informed approaches have the potential to promote recovery but must involve survivors and service-users to prevent the experience of retraumatization within psychiatric and mental health services.
As the Global Mental Health Movement attempts to address cross-cultural mental health disparities, a new article encourages integrating traditional healing practices with psychotherapy.
Researcher Dr. Silke Schwarz highlights how Western psychology’s construction of individual resilience deflects emphasized individual pathology and deflects efforts at structural change.
Scholars contend that stigma functions as a mechanism of power in analysis of UK Heads Together mental health campaign.
Dr. Gail Hornstein, author of Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness, discusses the importance of personal narratives and service-user activism in the context of the global mental health movement.
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and fish has repeatedly been found to improve mental health.
Dr. Dainius Pūras argues that the status quo in mental health treatment is no longer acceptable and demands political action to promote human rights.
Psychology can only deal with racial health disparities effectively by incorporating critical race theory and intervening at a structural level.
Researchers call for action to address social challenges and inequalities that obstruct mental health and well-being globally.
Depression, serious psychological distress, and suicide attempts have risen substantially since the early 2000s among young adults – what’s changed?
Meta-analytic study detects upsurge in patterns of perfectionism in young adults and explores how neoliberalism contributes to this trend.
Researchers argue that blaming climate change inaction on psychological barriers ignores the effects of neoliberal capitalism and social structures.
Ethnographic research sheds light on extensive psychopharmaceutical use by soldiers in post 9/11 U.S. wars.
Debate ensues as scholars and policymakers discuss how to bring a rights-based approach to mental health policy.