Posted by mindevolution on January 17, 2007, at 1:26:07
In reply to Re: My family would be the exhibits to close the issue, posted by FredPotter on January 16, 2007, at 21:21:55
> 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)"
one has to ask the question: why would you doubt the existence of an illness when we know that many people experience suffering from it? and in this case you have to suggest that there may be ramifications on the concept of a free society. if we can diagnose anyone with a mental illness at anytime for any reason and hold them against their will and treat them with high doses of drugs or ect that maim and kill on the say so of one doctor without a proper trial, how free is anyone in such a society? does the existence of mental illness render the concept of freedom defunct, merely an illusion that fleetingly disappears in a fraction of an instant? in this case the concept of mental illness makes a potential slave or murderee out of each and every member of society. in this case to argue that mental illness does not exist means to argue for the liberation of society itself does it not? so arguing that mental illness does not exist although on the surface seems foolish, isn't it potentially at a deeper level quite the inverse?