The numbers treated for mental illness is constantly rising and many think the modern world responsible. Yet critics warn that psychiatrists and big pharma have an interest in categorising typical, even essential, human behaviour as illness or disorder. With the BMJ reporting that only 1 in 7 patients benefit from anti-depressants, might we do better to give up the notion that mental conditions require a diagnosis and look instead for other ways to understand the behaviour?  Or does this risk consigning many with serious conditions to a life of misery?  

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