Posted by FredPotter on January 16, 2007, at 21:21:55
In reply to My family would be the exhibits to close the issue (nm), posted by shadowplayers721 on January 16, 2007, at 19:42:44
We can narrow the issue down to asking the question, "Why is Parkinson's Disease an illness but not depression?". Answer: "because we can see it". Some other conditions are never challenged eg headaches because we've all experienced them. So it comes down to prejudice. "If what you say you've got is visible or audible or feels like something we've experienced then we'll believe you. Otherwise we'll go on and on doubting its existence and write books about it(The Myth of Mental Illness by Thomas Szasz and The Myth of Neurosis by Garth somebody) and form crazy societies based upon our doubts like PNP (the People not psychiatry movement of the 60s or 70s)"