Is suffering our natural state as subjects? Or has the cultural influences of psychiatry given a lot of us identities as disordered?
Cultural attitudes are shifting, it is much more acceptable now to discuss the fact that we suffer. But what has stigma and repression since time immemorial done to the mainstream discourse and thought about our internal worlds?
Freud spoke about transforming neurotic misery into common unhappiness. His language is obviously of its time, but are we as a society disavowing this and taking ourselves on a fool’s errand to look for a cure-all to the “Global crisis of depression?” (WHO).