Homogenizing the way the World Goes Mad
A visual public experiment about how normal behavior became a sickness with the main research question: 'What is the relevance of labeling anyone with a mental disorder if the individual does not experience problems with his/her occurring deviant behavior?
We are at a point in society where most of the Western society have a mental disorder at some point in life. Under the DSM-S's new definitions, millions of people now considered normal will be diagnoses mentally il!. Causing unnecessary, costly and sometimes dangerous treatments for misidentified 'patients' who do not really need them. The term "normal" is a sociological false light. There is no standard for normal. What is 'normal' and what is a 'mental disorder' appears to be socially constructed - and essentially not to be understood in a clearly defined definition. Whenever we arbitrarily add a 'new disease', we subtract from what previously was normal and loose something of ourselves in the process. Like Allen Frances said: "Mental health care is usually useful, sometimes lifesaving, for those who really need it. But if everyone is considered sick, how can we focus on the ones who truly are?" We may indeed be far along in homogenizing the way the world goes mad. The new generation of Western society is increasing the mental, and
so behavioral, analyzation of themselves and others. Divergent ways
of behaving have become reasons to Google search the symptoms and so create a mental diagnose for themselves or others, and a reason to over-analyse and panic thought patterns. But it is okay to be a little, or a lot, divergent. I aim to create this discussion by making the viewing over-aware of the so called normal behavior. I want you to question yourself with if what you are looking at is really so strange.