So thought I might chime in wit a thought or two.
The concept of mental illness is philosophically problematic, at best; and false, at worst.
You might want to take into account the thoughts of Dr Thomas Szasz, funnilly enough a renowned psychiatrist; especially in for example `The Myth of Mental Illness'.
A person may experience thoughts and emotions, which may cause him/her distress, and which may curtail their functioning in society.
This may say less about the thoughts and emotions of said individual than it does about the nature of society, and what `functioning properly in society' entails.
To a certain extent it's just a numbers game: `normal' being the way that `most' people act.
But I can't help thinking that the pharmacological adjustment of all behaviour is more than anything a social control mechanism, and one that should be resisted, or at least countenanced with great skepticism and caution.
To the extent that psychiatry be theoretical and as an element of research then I have less of a disagreement with it. But once it becomes a generally accepted applied practice (which it has) then its dangers far outweigh its benefits.
I'll muck with my mind as I see fit, for its my mind. But keep your grubby
little fingers outa my brain.
And if I die in the process, so be it. Is there something, aside from death, we can surely aspire to?
Egads, now I think I need another glass of wine.
(I'm talking, in the above, about what I call `pharmacological psychiatry')
I don't have any similar issues with psychotherapy, which really is just the use of ideas to affect consciousness; which is really what anyone does, once they speak.
And I suppose I could try and make some connections with things Seran, Toffiy and Matt have posted; about their experiences with psycoaffective drugs and prescriptions by shrinks.
I saw so many shrinks and was treated so many times for alcoholism through my 20's and 30's that I cant remember half of them.
Now I'm 46 and I don't give a F*ck. (though I do
) And I encourage the world to be likewise.
(Though I really should try and restrict my use of the word `egads': its startin to bug me.)