Depression and globalization: the politics of mental health in the 21st century

Carl Walker

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In Depression and Globalization, Carl Walker analyzes the human cost of recent political and economic events as main contributors to the rise of depression, particularly in the U.S. and Britain. Starting in the 1980s, income and educational disparities, financial and job insecurity—by-products of multinational business—have grown in parallel with increasing feelings of hopelessness and isolation. These sociopolitical stressors, Walker asserts, have not only added to the prevalence of depressive disorders, but have profoundly influenced their conceptualization and treatment. Balancing individual lives and societal health, the author identifies challenges rarely discussed in the mental health field, and steps the community can take to improve their outcome. Describes the political aspects of depression, specifically the relationship between globalisation and depression.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages218
ISBN (Print)0387727124; 978-0-387-72712-7; 0387727132; 9780387727134
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2007


  • behavioural therapy
  • depression, mental, mental health policy, globalization, psychiatry, public health


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