The article below talks about an incredible phenomenon. We have managed to both trivialize and demonize mental illness at the same time.
The study talks about the experiences of people entering mental health treatment for the first time. It has two findings:
1. People with “ordinary” mental illness do not frequently find much support from their family members and loved ones. When virtually everything is diagnosable (as “normal” gets to be a smaller and smaller group) diagnosis means less and less. Something that explains everything ends up explaining nothing. People have less and less patience with the idea that something is a symptom of an underlying “illness”. The diagnostic flu (it will get worse with the new DSM) makes all diagnosis suspect. The real distress of coping with mental health issues becomes trivialized when we cant tell the difference between the pain of ordinary living all of us cope with…
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