All their "helpful" comments imply that if I'd only do _____, my problems would be solved. Like it's all within my grasp, able to be managed and mastered, if only I would try harder, longer, better. As I nod my head in polite and pathetic appreciation for their input, I scream inside, "Shut up. Shut up. Unless you've been lost in this particular section of hell yourself, don't you dare try to give me directions.
Martha Manning, Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface


Are you saying there is no such thing as mental illness?


Are you saying there is no such thing as mental illness?

When we discuss Mental Illness as literal or metaphorical, we are talking about the comparative utility of a specific 'disease' model of understanding certain expereince when contrasted with other models.

It is not for a second saying that those experiences or the challenges, confusion, struggles and learning that arise from them are 'phony', unimportant or 'unreal''.

However, there are people - the 'Experienced' , their loved ones and also the 'Trained', who have noticed - and reported - limitations of the model and even more importantly, opportunities for improvement and better lives for some fellow citizens are not being taken


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