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12-20-2012, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by the8bandarmadillo View Post
I wanted to start a thread outside the political forum to discuss mental health. It is one of the least understood medical conditions and one of the hardest to diagnosis. In many cases, there are no physical indicators and since some issues are so similar, it's hard to separate them at all. Many, many people don't really understand what a mental illness is and society as a whole isn't really equip to deal with people that have mental illnesses. Many people that are ignorant, simply don't understand or understand a vague part of the issue. It's like telling a person who has cancer to walk it off. Furthermore, some symptoms mask other worse conditions, so the probability of a misdiagnosis is high and it can take years of therapy to actually fix the issue.

This thread is discuss mental illness and any questions relating to those issues.
I think that no one today really understands mental illness. Those who think that they do are kidding themselves, IMO. You may have a closer personal or professional connection, but it doesn't mean that you understand it. To be honest, there's a dangerous bit of hubris in calling others "ignorant," as though you're enlightened, especially regarding a frontier subject such as this. That's not a helpful attitude, IMO. You don't have a dialogue and persuade others by calling them ignorant and publicly banging your head on the wall when they say something that you disagree with. That only convinces yourself of your righteousness, which can be an impediment to your own consideration of other viewpoints. Just consider that, a hundred years from now, society will shake its head at what even the most "enlightened" of us thought that we'd figured out in 2012. Our best treatments might very well seem to 2112 society to be as ridiculous as "walking off" cancer seems now.

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