"Societal stress is not causing more real mental illness, but there are other societal trends that do promote the sense that we are getting sicker. Our world is homogenizing- we have increasingly less tolerance for individual difference or eccentricity and instead tend to medicalize it into illness. The youngest boy in the class isn't the most active because he is just a young boy- instead he must have ADHD and should be put on a pill. And our society is becoming increasingly perfectionistic. Falling short of complete happiness or failing to have a worry-free life is too often translated into mental illness. Our goals are set too high and our expectations are unrealistic- especially when it comes to our kids."
Allen Frances. Saving normal. An Insider's Revolt Against Out-Of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life.