- Reaction score
I like your thoughts @Ritafee . I think we are often too quick to slot people into the "mental illness" paradigm. Many see medications as a quick fix that will solve the individual's problems. That is too simplistic.
I also see the young man @BetteTheRed describes. While the psychic meaning of life issues apply to him, it would be irresponsible to only use that narrative. My nephew has also been diagnosed with bi-polar. I do not believe he'd be alive without the proper medication.
Any health issue, be it physical or mental, needs a more holistic approach. Mind, body, spirit, etc. Someone who has a heart attack needs more than the medication and medical treatments. They need to also look at the bigger picture and make changes to their life, including the psychic changes. The same applies to mental health issues.
I don't see this as either/or. It's a complex issue that involves a multi-facetted approach. I'm sure that with Bette's son, being separated from her at an early age did create a psychic wound that he will need to addess. (Zero blame on you Bette for the record) My nephew likely needs to look at past trauma that may have contributed to his well being. Facing these issues may help both men "stabilize" (best word for now) and heal. It may mean less medication and intervention. I believe we all are wounded in some way for the record, and need to find our healing.
It's tough and hard work. Some people have trouble doing that and find it easier to take the pills.
Good post, Northwind.......
Social media has encouraged polarization of views on far too many subjects. Either/or thinking is a way of not seeing what we don't want to see to avoid cognitive dissonance.
Johann Hari in his book "Lost Connections" argues well for what is often termed mental illness as a legitimate response to our life situations. His reasoning is plausible for "minor'' so called psychiatric conditions. On the other hand, when it comes to full blown psychosis -with conditions such as schizophrenia - it does seem to be a severe mental illness.
However we define it, seeking help from others, can make a huge difference.
My personal concern with not defining it as an illness relates to the question of stigma. To some, by re-defining it, can be yet another way of mental illness being a stigma. i.e. running from the very mention of illness.