posted on Jun, 15 2013 @ 08:10 PM
reply to post by PhoenixOD
Is being down or going through a bad patch really mental illness that demands treatments or is it just a natural response things that can
happen to us in our lives
It can be...then again...It is important to note there are many factors contributing to any individual's ability/capacity to deal with day-to-day
issues. Aging is one of those factors...I am sure you have heard of mid-life crises...When you use the word natural, it applies strictly to you.
But one of the main concerns of this thread is that people will be miss diagnosed as being mentally ill against their will.
Since my mother has passed (and she readily shared this story with the general public anyway), I will share it here. She worked at mental institution
in the early 1960's. She generally walked the three miles to and from work everyday. One day, she was walking home, and little did she know, at the
time she punched out and exited, there was a female who had escaped. As she was walking, the white van with two orderlies dressed in the appropriete
white scrubs and hats, pulled up and around her, to stop. They informed why they were stopping and asked my mother for identification. She had
forgotten her purse at work! Naturally, she heard..."Come along with us, please!" My mother's response: "I'M NOT CRAZY!" Of course, upon
arrival, everyone was satisfied about her identity and all ended well...so, can mistakes happen? Sure they can...as soon as you find a way to
eliminate them, let me in on it...I would like to share on the windfall coming your way!!!
It not really focusing on people who seek medical help in the first place. There is an epidemic of children being diagnosed as being mentally
ill in America when in most other places in the world they would just be seen as just being children. More and more we are seeing what could be seen
as normal (yet not desirable ) behavior being called mental illness and a person labeled as abnormal.
For the most part, I concur...when I was a child, I drank two or three Mountain Dews a day, ate about three or four packets of SweetTarts, in addition
to the other candies, plus my two or three tablespoons of sugar I would put on my Corn Flakes in the morning, or half a bottle of syrup on my
pancakes...then I would go out and play in the wind ALL DAY!!! Perfectly acceptable behavior to me and most society at the time...Never mind I was
imitating Evil Knievel, jumping over twenty foot holes with my Stingray bicycle, or Olga Korbut on the uneven parallel bars, whilst swing in the tree
limbs, and could have killed myself...
Societal norms are measured and then plotted out along a Bell Curve...anything falling outside the curve, for better or worse, is labeled ABNORMAL, as
it falls OUTSIDE the NORM...I think society needs to remove the negative stigma associated with the word ABNORMAL and simply learn to address the
issues through adequate screening and treatment, only if necessary.