Decolonizing Global Mental Health: The Psychiatrization of by China Mills

By China Mills

Decolonizing worldwide psychological overall healthiness is a e-book that maps an odd irony. the realm overall healthiness association (WHO) and the move for worldwide psychological wellbeing and fitness are calling to ‘scale up’ entry to mental and psychiatric remedies globally, relatively in the worldwide South. at the same time, within the international North, psychiatry and its usually chemical remedies are coming less than elevated feedback (from either those that take the drugs and people within the place to prescribe it).
The e-book argues that it really is significant to discover what counts as facts inside of international psychological overall healthiness, and seeks to de-familiarize present ‘Western’ conceptions of psychology and psychiatry utilizing postcolonial conception. It leads us to wonder if we must always demand equality in international entry to psychiatry, even if each person must have the proper to a psychotropic citizenship and even if psychological wellbeing and fitness can, or may still, be international. As such, it really is perfect interpreting for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars, in addition to researchers within the fields of serious psychology and psychiatry, social and future health psychology, cultural experiences, public wellbeing and fitness and social paintings.

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Here people’s identities emerge as ‘bodies that cost the state a certain amount of money’ (Murray, 2009:12). However, according to Davar (2007), within this economics of mental health, there are other ‘hidden costs’: the cost of psychiatric diagnosis; of ‘wrongful confinements’; the cost of creativity lost due to long-term institutionalization; and arguably the cost of precarious employment that produces impairment, and of economic reforms that produce distress. These are costs that do not seem to figure in the official story of GMH.

The psychology of farmers has been the site of much Government intervention and relief efforts, and often ‘statements have been made suggesting that the victims needed psychological counselling’, with the State government of Maharashtra responding by providing ‘psychological healing sessions’ for farmers (Perspectives, 2009:4). Simultaneously, psychiatry has also provided a platform for intervention, with the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh sending teams of psychiatrists to visit farmers in an attempt to prevent them from committing suicide (Sharma, 2004).

Such colonization is enabled by ‘coming to terms’ with research that emphasizes contextual (socio-economic, political) factors as contributors to distress, such as trauma (or the political reforms explored in Chapter 2), or preventing this research from being seen as ‘evidence’. This resonates with Making mental health a reality for all 33 Steven Sharfstein’s (2005) (an ex-president of the American Psychiatric Association) comment, that ‘we must examine the fact that as a profession, we have allowed the bio-psycho-social model to become the bio-bio-bio model’ (cited in Read, 2005:597).

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