How Does Society Play a Role in Mental Disorder

In the article Common Brain Mechanisms in Mental Illness, they discuss on how mental illness is for the most part biological. But they want to know more if the way society deals with mental illness can have a direct impact on the brain. And if these societal reactions can drive different areas of the brain, more specifically “that the lives of mental health patients become disorganized because of what happens through treatment (or lack thereof), the loss of social roles, and the inability to mesh with a capitalist and regulatory society” (Lende). Schizophrenia was the most clearly disorder to answer these researchers questions. When people living in the Caribbean moved to the UK they suffered much higher rates of schizophrenia. Cross-culturally speaking, schizophrenia is treated many different ways. Here, in the United States, we treat it with a lot of medication and therapy. Treatment is different in other places based off of symptoms like in India where the symptoms are less severe. The issue then becomes researchers do not have good assessments that could connect brain activity and social regulation. If this approach was available then researchers could look more closely at how brain function can interact with people’s lives and then that insight might be able to help what society can do to help those people.

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