posted on Sep, 22 2009 @ 12:05 AM
Ok, first off... you need a mental health lesson, mcgrower.
There are what are called classifications of mental health. Such as psychosis, neurosis, and plain ol... paranoia.
These classifications have varying degrees. Also it is theorized that they have different causes. Some learned behavioral, some coping mechanisms,
some based on neurotransmitters (chemicals) imbalances, and some based on injury or trama.
Some are genetically based as well. Most of these are called disorders.
Meaning they are not in order.
Those behaviors. And once a cause has been determined, sometimes they can prescribe treatment which corrects those imbalances.
Such as hypothyroidism, lets take Hashimoto's disorder as an example. It's not classified as mental disorder, but a physical one. This is a
condition where the thyroid does not produce enough of the chemical/hormone because the immune system has attacked and killed it. (Autoimmune
The treatment for this is lifelong drug therapy.
Many mental illnesses are also treated by chemicals/hormones as replacement therapy, balancing therapy, or deficiency therapy.
Are you going to tell me to not take my thyroid pills, because I should just get over it?
My body isn't operating at "normal", but it is okay to treat that, but if someone's brain is not operating at "normal" they should just say no
The brain is part of the physical body, doesn't make it less needy of help.
The problem is that it takes a lot of trial and error to perfect an imperfect science.
Some people respond beautifully, some do not.
That doesn't make the drugs fault.
But I would never disagree that the practices in psychotherapy have not had their dark days.
[edit on 22-9-2009 by seagrass]