Mental Illness or Social Sickness?
The ruling class developed modern medicine to diagnose and treat individuals, not their social conditions.
Medical ideology is based on the assumption that individuals malfunction for reasons that have nothing to do with the social world. The physician treats the injured worker, not the unsafe workplace that injured her.
‘Mental illness’ presents a special problem for the capitalist class. The fact that oppressive social conditions generate mental distress is so obvious that a psychiatric industry is required to convince us otherwise.
While psychiatry presents itself as a branch of medicine that diagnoses and treats mental distress in the same way that other branches of medicine diagnose and treat physical illness, this claim does not hold up under scrutiny. Psychiatry developed to meet capitalism’s need for social control and psychiatrists’ need for paying customers.