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Bravery and the “mental illness” confession

I have heard it suggested that an admission of having a “mental illness” was a courageous thing for a person to make. I don’t think this to be the case.

In the mental hospital a person is tortured in order to get a confession of “mental illness”. The person who claims not to have a “mental illness” is said by the hospital staff to be in worse condition than the person who claims to have a “mental illness”. If the person doesn’t admit to having a “mental illness”, he or she will not be released from the hospital, and the torture will continue.

Only by admitting to having a “mental illness”, regardless of whether or not the person believes he or she actually has a “mental illness”, will the person be released from the mental hospital. I don’t consider any such admission of “mental illness” particularly brave. Not making an admission under those circumstances would be foolhardy.

The question then becomes why do people, once they are released from the mental hospital, and under no threat of torture, continue to admit to having a “mental illness”. I don’t see anything particularly brave about doing so at all.

I have not heard of anybody being called courageous for admitting they have no “mental illness”. The thing about making such an admission of mental health is that it can be made in defiance of torture, hospitals, the whole mental health/illness system, and all of its apologists.

People who claim to be brave for admitting to having a “mental illness” just don’t consider such matters I guess.