HANGZHOU, CHINA - As information explodes and media extoll success and outward appearance in an ever more technologically developed modern society, people are becoming ensnared in anxiety, with conflicting self-comparisons, desire, and a resulting sense of impotence that are fueling a mental health crisis worldwide. About 15.5 percent of the global population suffers from mental illness, a figure that is only set to further rise.
Many need treatment, but over half have yet to receive it.
The state of mental health among China’s masses has clearly deteriorated from 10 years ago, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ ‘Chinese Citizens’ Mental Health Report,’ as the trend toward idolizing youth gains momentum. Also, one in every 100 deaths that year was from suicide, making it one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide, per the latest statistics in the World Health Organization’s ‘Suicide Worldwide in 2019’ report.
Thus, regardless of whether in China, the United States, or in other countries, mental health is a core issue for all humanity to confront this century.
Seen from the technical perspective, psychology is an interdisciplinary field that overlaps with the humanities and natural sciences. From an academic point of view, it is an interdisciplinary subject that spans the humanities and natural sciences, and which encompasses physiology, clinical medicine, and brain science. The discipline originated in Europe, but then its center of gravity gradually migrated to the US.
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In Europe and the US, psychology has a marked social service nature and strong application. A psychological sector professional is on a par with a lawyer or doctor, and in terms of structure, number and quality of employees and user acceptance, the system is leaps and bounds ahead of China, e.g., whoseThe content herein is subject to copyright by The Yuan. All rights reserved. The content of the services is owned or licensed to The Yuan. The copying or storing of any content for anything other than personal use is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from The Yuan, or the copyright holder identified in the copyright notice contained in the content.