Is suffering our natural state as subjects? Have the cultural influences of psychiatry given a lot of us identities as disordered?
I try to discuss the significant and unique suffering experienced by humans without using language based on the medical model.
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).
I have written for The Guardian and various other places. I work for the NHS in a talking therapies service.