Though China’s economy is rapidly developing, its mental health infrastructure is not keeping pace, according to a feature in the New York Times. Having access to therapy, counseling, and even support groups can go a long way in helping people cope, heal, and strengthen. The New York Times feature focuses on the most extreme cases: violent outbursts from people diagnosed with, but not adequately treated for, schizophrenia. If those most drastically in need of psychological help aren’t receiving it, then how much less care is available for people fighting depression, anxiety, and substance abuse? These are issues that seem to grow when a culture is undergoing rapid change, making access to therapy even more pertinent to the people of China.
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