Why are we in such a rush to “diagnose” and “treat” our eccentrics?
I may be crazy, but it seems to me that the more we focus on “mental illness,” the less we accept people who are different.
People who, just two generations ago, would have been treated graciously as the family eccentric are now being treated aggressively as persons with complex mental health disorders. When our “mental illnesses” fail to respond readily to standard treatments, we are subjected to what is, in essence, live subject experimentation without informed consent. Would anyone in their right mind agree to the treatment I experienced? Over five years, I took more than 20 different medicines in various combinations of two to five drugs which would, at various times … Continue reading