Physician Dr. Gabor Mate began his interview by addressing the ‘myth of normal’ that divides us into the normal and the abnormal with pathological traits. Dr. Mate mentions that he doesn’t see a division, but a continuum where mental distress, of some degree, is present in all of us. He explains how mental distress and pathology are largely a result of a materialist culture that “idealizes individualism and ignores our emotional needs.”
This interview is part of CRAZYWISE: Rethinking Madness, directed by Phil Borges and Kevin Tomlinson, a feature documentary exploring alternative treatments for mental illness. CRAZYWISE depicts the stigmatized and often frightening world of mainstream mental health treatment and the ongoing search for recovery. The goal of the film is to inspire greater understanding about the severity of our current mental health crisis, spark conversation about solutions and re-examine how Western society defines and treats severe mental distress.