reply to post by Canadianinsight
I wanted to respond to this, and then I will bow out of the conversation, as people seem to be enjoying this bandwagon.
Please be aware that people who have TRUE mental illnesses suffer.
They suffer greatly. They want more than anything to be able to feel and
function like other people. They actively seek help. Shouldn't they have somewhere to go to seek that help?
Without this branch of medicine, there might be no one there for them.
When you get into this branch of neuropsychiatry, or see symptoms of these truly debilitating illnesses, you see people who are willing to do anything
to be able to function normally, and to get out of pain.
I am the first one to say that many of these medications really suck, particularly the old ones such as thorazine, mellaril, and all the old
anti-depressants and anti-psychotics.
But the newer ones can be life saving. They can permit someone who has been unable to work....to be able to function in a job. To be sociable, and
make friends, even marry and have children. These type pharmacotherapies can greatly enrich the quality of the lives of those who suffer with mental
illness. Which is what psychiatry strives to do. To assist in making someone's life better, and more productive. To reduce pain.
We all have events that cause us discomfort, but they are usually fleeting.
The major mental illnesses are painful, pervasive, disruptive and usually disabling. Medicine will continue to address these illnesses, in an effort
to to search and find some relief for this population of patients, who again, suffer greatly in their perceived difference from others.
[edit on 4/10/2010 by ladyinwaiting]