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has society created mental illness?

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Started: 9/18/2018 Category: Society
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12988

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Mental illness existed before society created the stereotypical profiles it now consists of. Mental illnesses like schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder and other such things have existed before our society transformed to the way it is. They are diagnosable conditions that have a serious scientific answer to describe them, With severe outcomes that we cannot necessarily control. Although this is true the rate of mental illnesses have increased a great since social media and stereotypes have been introduced into our society.
12893

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Although society may trigger mental illness", Whether society was the reason or not the mental illness will eventually come out it just depends on what triggers the mental illness. Mental illness has always existed, A long time ago there has always been a part of society that is mentally ill. Even though society has changed, Adapted, Evolved etc, It does not mean that society CREATED the idea and existence of mental illness.
Debate Round No. 1
12988

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A dominant theme in our society is that you should be happy, And if you're not, There's something wrong with you. Life can be difficult at times. It is in the labeling of people as depressed that the greatest injustice is done. This represents that society doesn"t only produce mental illnesses but they also they create a stigma for it, Making it seem like a terrible thing to have a mental illness of any kind. Following on, The desire to fit in and conform into society induces us to lose our inner voice which can then lead to serious mental illnesses that are caused due to the way society wants you to be. Our society loves labels, It could be argued that society wouldn"t exist without these labels, Fat, Skinny, Thin, Pretty, Ugly, Single. There have been many discussions between psychologists about the effects these labels can have on people, As people are trying to fall into these stereotypes causing the root of their illness to start right here.
12893

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Most studies examining social media and mental health aren"t able to determine whether spending more time on social media leads to depression or anxiety, Or if depressed or anxious young people spend more time on social media.
Several mental illnesses can be seen biologically or chemically to exist. Clinical depression is something that is actually caused by some sort of mess-up in the brain. You can't say that society created this when there is evidence that there is something actually WRONG inside the brain.
Autism, ADD, ADHD etc are illness" people are either born with or develop overtime how can someone create this?
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