“Mental illness” training in the rear view mirror

The parenthetic zone of mental health treatment

(psycho-social rehab)         real world

has a natural analogy in the contrast between childhood play and adult responsibility.

(pretend)         actuality

One can of course invert the equation,

)pretend(         actuality

but that causes problems for the rest of us, and it can eventually land one in psycho-social rehab.

Answers to treatment addiction


Self destructive and suicidal actions aren’t sensible acts. Acting sensibly isn’t acting mad, “mentally ill”, out, what have you. Acting on self-interest is sensible. Doing those things that support self-interest and not doing those things that work against self-interest is a sensible way to behave.

It is not sensible for one to waste an excessive amount of precious time when one could be doing things that support self-interest.


Youth is prone to folly. Time and experience teach. It would be wrong to condemn anybody for the folly they displayed in their youth. Some people actually grow wiser over time even if some people continue to repeat the follies of their youth.


A role in life is not a permanent state of being. It is best to realise this transitory nature of reality, and not to give things more weight than they actually deserve. Confusing a role with a permanent state is a way for a person to keep themselves back, and it’s not a way for a person to move forward. You are what you do, and not the other way around.


Physical health is interconnected with mental health. If it harms your physical health it can’t be good for your mental health. Concentrating on improving physical health is a way of staying mentally fit. It takes effort to stay physically healthy, and this effort in turn builds mental health (i.e. stamina).


Should you be using a psychiatric drug to maintain your mental equilibium, something is wrong. Something like 95 % of the people in the general public haven’t been saddled with a “serious mental illness” label. Something like 5 % of the population has been tagged with a “serious mental illness” label. Mental health is a matter of ceasing to consume mental health services. Psychiatric drugs are a major reason why people have difficulty ceasing to consume mental health services. People who have difficulty ceasing to consume mental health services are people who have been labeled longterm or “chronically” “mentally ill”. (This “chronic” adjective is a contemporary update of the old term “incurable”.) Psychiatric drugs have toxic effects, and withdrawal symptoms that severely disable people, and these adverse effects go a long way towards explaining the large recidivism rate for people in mental health treatment. It is possible for people in the 5 % category to re-join people in the 95 % category, but they can’t do so through drug “therapy”, or “medication maintenance”. They can only do so through detoxification.