Thinking about mental illness as a discrete phenomenon limits the need for broader social transformation to create a healthy and safe society.
This pre-occupation with my hurts, my dreams, my entitlements—with the organizing principle that I am, and should be treated as, special—is the garden bed into which the du jour varietal ‘have regard for your mental health’ has been planted.
Woebot may sit at the outer rim of digital mental health technologies, but we can see the shape and trajectory it implies for understanding mental health, the care relation and, beyond that, the person generally. Where the CBT-AI combination sets up a relentlessly positive artificial other—an interlocutor that is never awkward or demanding, and becomes naturalised as ‘what I like’—real-world relationships are bound to be found unsatisfactory.
From a minor position less than a generation ago, trauma has come to occupy a central status in psychotherapeutic and mental-health practice.
Guy Rundle: Contemporary Society and the Depression 'Epidemic'