Let’s avoid talk of ‘chemical imbalance’: it’s people in distress | Curio

Let’s avoid talk of ‘chemical imbalance’: it’s people in distress

13 mins | Oct 15, 2020

"Mental health treatment needs to re-engage with the language of persons." People who experience extreme distress are often told that a chemical imbalance in their brain may have caused the problem. Professor of sociology Joseph Davis examines the effect this sort of diagnosis has on patients and argues in Psyche magazine that it is time to stop looking at mental health issues purely through a neurochemical lens.

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From Psyche