2 thoughts on “Maybe Mental Illness Isn’t Mental Illness

  • July 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you, and Lee Ann Clark, for this article. This has been a struggle for me most of my professional years. I was trained in Humanistic-Existential Psychotherapy over 40 years ago. We did not diagnose! That was an objectification of the person. I have had to explain to my clients that although I view them as a person engaged in life’s struggles and that this is where their issues come from, I have to give them a diagnosis for the sake of the insurance companies in order to pay for their services. We seem bent on the dissection, minimalization or categorization of people ignoring their unique personhood. We need to push this issue.

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  • July 28, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Excellent viewpoint!! I have had to switch psychiatrists and therapists several times due to insurance changes. I have had SO many diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD and social anxiety. The psychiatrists believe ALL problems can be fixed solely by medications. The majority of therapists think it’s all due to one’s life experiences and can be fixed by myriads of different therapies. It’s such a guessing game when you go to find help. Only a few psychs or therapists have helped me, until now I’m too tired of them to try any more….and yes, I’ve been going regularly since 1994, so it’s not like I’m giving up too soon. The field of psychiatry needs SO much more study. Your article is exactly right!!!

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