Psycho-cognitive-based experience and our social systems.


Some physicians are starting to open up their systems-analysis wider to understand the psycho-cognitive problems we face today.

Quoting from Psychiatry today:

Unhappiness among children appears to be rising, notes a researcher in the British Medical Journal; however, he warns against labeling it as depression and suggests that more focus needs to be placed on understanding the underlying reasons for this unhappiness.

Sami Timimi, from the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust in the UK, discusses possible reasons for the increase in childhood unhappiness, including changes in childrearing practices, family structures, lifestyles, and education.

In addition, rates of childhood depression in the Western Society may reflect a lowering of the threshold for the diagnosis arising from a change in the meaning we give to childhood unhappiness, with behaviors previously considered normal now seen as problematic, he says.

This has led to the use of “medicalized” terminology to describe children’s feelings, such as depression, comments Timimi, despite there being little clinical evidence to support the idea of childhood depression as a distinct clinical category.

“We need a multispective approach to both assessment and treatment of unhappy children and their families,” he suggests.

“Such an approach should normalize emotional responses to adverse life experiences, emphasize more positive approaches… and engage more systemic biopsychosocial interventions.”

(NOTE: unfortunately, the original source for this post at seems to have gone out of business. I have remove the link to avoid promoting a spam website that has taken over the former article location.)

Temporary Conclusion:

Human experience, human illness, human problems are partially the result of our natural and man-made systems.

In other words, nature (our biology, the biology of the world, our psycho-cognitive system), nurture (culture) and the nurturing systems: civic-systems, economic systems, values, ethics, priorities etc) are all partially responsible for our problems.

Psycho-cognitive problems need to be analyzed across the systems. Shooting drugs into people or locking them up in institutions (because we don’t understand and we can’t solve the problem) is not longer an acceptable “solution”.


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