VIDEO: Gabor Maté on Expanding Our Vision for Mental Health Care

Treating a Social Malaise

Gabor Maté

What's missing from the way we treat issues like addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma? According to physician and author Gabor Maté, healthcare professionals too often ignore the impact of social and environmental factors in favor of a heavily biological, mostly individualized approach.

In this clip from his Networker Symposium keynote address, Maté makes the case for a more expansive, integrated form of care.

Gabor Maté, MD, a family practitioner for over three decades, is the author of four bestselling books, including When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. For his pioneering work, he was awarded his country’s highest civilian distinction, the Order of Canada.

"We need to be looking more at interconnections than individuals," Maté says. In his Networker interview, he explains the importance of taking a broader look. He explains that studies show nearly two-thirds of drug-injection use can be tied to trauma. "Not everybody who’s traumatized becomes addicted," he says. "But I do say that everybody who becomes addicted was traumatized."

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Click here to check out more material from Maté, including his Networker article, "Inside the Ayahuasca Experience: When Shamanism Meets Psychotherapy." You might also enjoy Andrew Tatarsky's "The Challenge of Harm Reduction: Changing Attitudes Toward Addiction Treatment" from our magazine issue Rethinking Addictions: What Are We Learning?    


Topic: Cultural, Social & Racial Issues | Field of Psychotherapy

Tags: addiction | addiction treatment | addictions | addictions counselor | behavioral healthcare | Cultural values | Cultural, Social & Racial Issues | culture | Drug addiction | Gabor Mate | help with addiction | integrative mental health | Networker Symposium | Symposium | Symposium 2019

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