Dating an anorexic girl
Disease manifestation will vary from place to place, but it will still occur in all places.Mental illness – when properly understood – should be no different.Either: The last is deserving of compassion (Aspergers – if you consider that a mental disorder – is comparable [they may need help learning coping techniques]); the second might have been avoidable, but deserves treatment (PTSD from emotional trauma); the first shows a clear moral failing on the part of the individual, and will require moral commitment to cure and prevent in the future.The particularized symptoms might vary tremendously, but the underlying mechanism won’t.These are the men and women who’ve discovered fascinating things about the mind.Far too many of them, however, act like autistic savants, or scheming manipulators; rather than try and understand the mind, they describe manifestations of mental illness, and call it a day.
Suicide is the perfect embrace of the victim mentality, refusing to take responsibility for that she never resolved the issues with her father, ad nauseam.
The crazy person gets labelled, they’re fed a narcotic (often one with less benefits, and more side-effects than a placebo), they get to feel special because they’ve joined a victim group, while the Psychologist pats himself on the back and ignores all the damage he’s caused in the world.
Now you might think that this is the point where I reject the term “mental illness” for being incomparable to physical illness; quite the contrary, in fact.
Granted, complex systems (even anti-fragile ones such as ourselves) have millions of ways in which they can go wrong, but only one manner in which they can go right, and in a certain sense this justifies the endless lists which you find in the DSM.
But while symptoms might vary between diseases, the fundamental aspects of them do not.