A pop culture approach to mental health
I have spent considerable time with psychiatry and wanted to go further into its neurophysiological approach but due to some troubles couldn’t continue my formal studies. Anyhow, after giving so much time to the subject, and dealing with quite a number of patients for my age i can safely assume that i can convert some basic points which can help, in an understandable format and with that i will also try to relate it to pop culture.
To start with, psychiatry lies between what they call these days expectation and reality, or/and it is the by product of expectation vs reality.
It’s 2017, and thanks to the media social and otherwise, the expectations have gone way beyond the reality. We are changing, and our high expectations, if there is capability and resources both is actually a good thing, in case of absence of either, or in case of absence of both can cause conflict.
In not so olden times disorders used to be related mostly to damage to the psyche, due to some happening eg. accidents/conflicts, conditioning issues and not to mention neurochemical imbalances due to above or other reasons.
Today our standards are too high, and as people we obviously want to be liked and accepted. What about the ones who don’t fit into the standard, or even think that they don’t fit into the standard?
The result here is conflict and a myriad of disorders, chief and most common among them being depression, which in simpler language is helpless anxiety.
Anxiety for what, you will ask, and then i’ll have to ask your age. If you are a teen it may be anything from not having a girlfriend/boyfriend, to not not getting expected marks, which causes insecurity about future. In adulthood it can be joblessness, or an unsuitable partner. Remember, our standards are high due to the times we live in.
Thankfully our lives have become easier (and harder) due to technology and we can achieve the perfect body we are so depressed about by having a gym membership and sticking to the regime. Reaching our standards gives happiness to us, makes us feel safer and reduces our anxiety.
Conscientiousness has been a chief cause of mental health issues since a long time though it is a necessary thing in society for its proper functioning despite reducing with a drastic pace in proportion to the population and competition.
Conscientious people with soft hearts, or image conscious people generally fall prey to mental health issues. Also, not to forget about people who are over-competitive and able which can lead to sadism, megalomania, narcissism and such issues if the emotions are not handled properly.
Generation gap due to technology has played an important role in the problems of youngsters, which i believe started increasing in the decade of 90s for Indians and went full blown after 2000s. No wonder now we have so many memes, trends, so much humor, bullying and video content, and much more art compared to earlier times. Not always, but we can relate art and anxiety.