Elyn R Saka on ‘mental illness’

I am persuaded that a concept of mental illness is useful and necessary because I have seen what is called mental illness at close range. Most people with serious mental illnesses seriously suffer. They are in pain. Not only are they distressed and disabled but they lack the ability to change by their own efforts. They need help — often medication — and receive help when they are treated. Having a concept of mental illness probably does more good in the world than abandoning the concept, not withstanding that the concept is fuzzy at the edges, so that some people will be wrongly stigmatized and others wrongly limited in their freedoms.


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Graduate Student at National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.
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