Having been there, I wouldn’t encourage anybody to actively seek psychiatric treatment. There are so many assumptions being made in psychiatry as to astound credibility. First, there is the assumption that an actual “mental illness” exists the way a pig or a cow exists, and second, there is the assumption that some kind of “stigma”, or mark of disgrace, is attached to seeking a treatment for this thought disease.
Not being a mental health professional, I don’t have all the answers. If you feel bad you feel bad, and that doesn’t mean you are sick. Mental health professionals have determined that bad feelings are sick feelings. Heaven help those people who live by their hearts rather than their brains, predatory psychiatrists are on the lookout for them all the time. The only thing worse than bad feelings are bad behaviors, and psychiatrists tell us misbehavior is sickness, too.
Misbehavior is sick behavior within limits. Misbehavior that interferes with a person’s function, whatever that should be, is sick behavior. However, if a person’s function is criminal, bad behavior is not sick behavior. We’ve got a little ways to go before we can attribute all bad behavior to bad brains, and then demand treatment for it. I should say that some doctors are working on this matter diligently, and maybe someday they will have a developed a drug to treat criminality as well.
Alright, if a “mental illness” has a substantial existence like a horse or a penguin, first you have to convince a person that he or she has one. There are crypto-beasts like dragons and unicorns, too, but unlike “mental illnesses” few people credit them with a tangible reality, few people believe in them. Here’s the problem, you can get rid of wasps, mice, and cows, but just try dealing with a unicorn, dragon, or griffon infestation. That’s not such an easy proposition, is it?
The rate of people who think they have a “mental illness” worldwide is growing by leaps and bounds. There is no wonder why this is so. Mental health is a business, and without clientele it would dry up and die. Convincing people that they have a disease is the easy part of the job, convincing them that they can dispense with this disease they may have grown fond of is a more difficult matter. Mental health workers don’t like joblessness any more than any other segment of the population.
If the role of the mental health worker were to cure the mental patient, well then, most mental health workers deserve to be fired. They have failed, or dysfunctioned, at this task most miserably. They have not been fired though. Why is this temerity the rule? This is the case because curing the patient is not the mental health workers real role; it’s only their pretend role. The real role of the mental health worker is to keep the business operational, and you can’t do that without mental patients (aka consumers).