Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters

I don’t remember how I came across Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters, but I’m glad I did.

As with most things we do, in short, he argues that the one-size-fits-all application of the DSM has blinded mental health professionals to individual circumstances and cultures, and wonders if this is doing more harm than good.

Follow him as he takes you to Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Zanzibar and Japan to explore what it means to be mentally ill in the context of different cultures and how standardizing mental illnesses may not be such a good idea after all.

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