Don’t stigmatise depression after Germanwings crash, says top doctor
Doctor says…..well, it’s all a bit Heinz Kiosk, isn’t it?
I think what we’re looking for here is a way to correctly stigmatise depression. To the point where someone more likely (at whatever level of significance we feel happy with) to drive a plane into an Alp doesn’t get to fly while someone who has had a problem or two but is now over them (whether simply so or as a result of ongoing medication) does get to fly.
It’s a bit like that shouting match over discrimination, even racism. There’s times when discriminating on one ground or another just isn’t important and there’s times when it’s the entirely rational thing to do. Similarly with racism. Kaposi’s Sarcoma generally used to appear in middle aged men of Mediterranean descent. When very Waspish young men started presenting with it it was the consideration of race which told everyone that something new was going on.
Stigmatise, discriminate, they’re synonyms for select (of varying power). And yes, we really do want to be selecting but only on the right grounds.