Brain Diseases Are “Not First World Problems” Pt.1 – Historical References

Fantastic blog post on the history of mental illness- which is NOT just a first world problem!

The Bipolar Bum

H&J debunks the idea that depression, bipolarty e.t.c are uniquely western, wealthy indulgences.

I think not. I think not.

“Notice how they don’t yammer on about depression in Africa or anywhere else that’s poor? Man-up! Get a grip!” – Words that scar. Where I lived in the U.K depression is a bi-word for lazy and anyone who lives on an incapacity benefit because of a debilitating mental illness is generally thought of as a fake manipulating the system for an easy life.  This post is to say, Goya might not have run a blog about depression, Jackson Pollock might not have been a recipient of a disability pension and Hippocrates may not have had access to Pubmed – But mood disorders have been a part of humanity for as long as we have records of humanity.  These diseases are NOT a western, wealthy indulgence – They are a part of the human condition…

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