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Debating Therapy Culture & Gen Z - Abigail Shrier (Video)

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In this 20 April 2024 video from Modern Wisdom, host Chris Williamson sits down with Abigail Shrier, a writer for The Wall Street Journal, and an author.

Therapy use is becoming more prevalent while mental health is getting worse. Are these two things causing each other? Or just happening at the same time? It’s a lively one today as I try to get to the bottom of this.

Expect to learn what is happening with modern mental health, the typical timeline of mental health for young people, what the current statistics are around therapy, which kinds of people see therapists the most, if there are any dangers to psychotherapy, why there might be an over-diagnosis and pathologisation of normal human emotions, why Abigail thinks there is such an increase in mental health disorders and more.

00:00 The Modern Mental Health Crisis
05:21 Are Therapists the Problem?
08:53 Do We Just Need to Connect to Our Feelings More?
14:39 Does Therapy Make Mental Health Worse?
22:17 Gen-Z Are Learning to Be Avoidant
27:31 Finding a Sweet Spot With Therapy
33:27 The Paradox in Depression Treatment
37:47 Therapy Culture Vs Bad Therapy
43:19 Are Smartphones & Climate Change to Blame?
51:23 The Impact of Single-Parent Households
55:04 Schools Making Parents Into Enemies
1:01:28 Overuse of the Word ‘Trauma’
1:05:57 Is Mindfulness a Better Way?
1:14:34 Kids Are Too Over-Medicated
1:19:31 A Better Way Forward
1:23:35 Where to Find Abigail


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