Depression and globalization: the politics of mental health in the 21st century

Walker, Carl (2007) Depression and globalization: the politics of mental health in the 21st century Springer-Verlag, New York. ISBN 0387727124; 978-0-387-72712-7; 0387727132; 9780387727134

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In Depression and Globalization, Carl Walker analyzes the human cost of recent political and economic events as main contributors to the rise of depression, particularly in the U.S. and Britain. Starting in the 1980s, income and educational disparities, financial and job insecurity—by-products of multinational business—have grown in parallel with increasing feelings of hopelessness and isolation. These sociopolitical stressors, Walker asserts, have not only added to the prevalence of depressive disorders, but have profoundly influenced their conceptualization and treatment. Balancing individual lives and societal health, the author identifies challenges rarely discussed in the mental health field, and steps the community can take to improve their outcome. Describes the political aspects of depression, specifically the relationship between globalisation and depression.

Item Type: Authored book
Uncontrolled Keywords: behavioural therapy; depression, mental, mental health policy, globalization, psychiatry, public health
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 08 May 2012 13:11

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