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Why is mental health so bad among the young? In conversation with Abigail Shrier

Why is mental health so bad among the young? In conversation with Abigail Shrier

Nick Spencer speaks with Wall Street Journal writer Abigail Shrier. 21/05/2024

Pretty much every index for the mental health of young people in Britain and the US in particular is pointing in the wrong direction. More anxiety, more depression, more therapy, more medication, more suicide.

Why? What is going on here? And why is it that the vast increase in spending on mental health – on counselling, therapy and drugs over recent decades seems to have made no difference whatsoever?

In this week’s episode, Nick Spencer speaks to Abigail Shrier about her book Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren’t Growing Up

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, including Magisteria: the entangled histories of science and religion (Oneworld, 2023), The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is host of the podcast Reading Our Times.

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Posted 21 May 2024

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