MeOhMy saidyeah, everything is a mental disorder or "illness."
"Mental illness" is a social construct, to label, classify and 'treat' that which we do not understand about the mind.
Do you know how something becomes a "mental illness"?
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) takes a vote. That's all.
The APA are also heavily connected to the pharmaceutical industry, which means that the more "illnesses" they literally make up, the more drugs that can be made to "treat" them.
Homosexuality was considered a "mental illness" until the 1970s, when the APA voted to have it removed.
So yes, I'm sure it WILL become a "mental disorder", just like all the other personality variants and psychological differences in the whole spectrum of human emotion and experience.
Look through the current DSM-IV and you might realize you are being a bit paranoid.
Yes, psychology use to have a habit of labeling everything they didn't understand as an illness but then again most earlier practices had some fucked up starts.
Look through the current DSM-IV and you might realize it's a joke.
A person has both a body and a mind. On this, we can agree.
A body, while complex in its biology, is dictated to by the brain. An arm does not move of its own accord, but at the will of the mind. The mind governs the body, and the body works through biology.
The mind, itself, however, is far more complex than the body. The body is but a vessel for the human mind. The human mind, while biologically manifest in the physical brain itself, is not governed by biology, but by that which we have yet to fully understand. Our environment - social, political, economic, cultural, etc. - all have direct bearings upon our individual mind.
To determine "illness" in the body, a doctor checks the symptoms, then conducts tests based upon the symptoms, from which [s]he then draws a diagnosis. For matters of the mind, which are FAR more complex than those of the body, a psychiatrist identifies symptoms, and from that, concludes a diagnosis. There is no such thing as an objective test to determine a "mental illness." They are, in fact, made up.
There has never been a single established fact of biological determinism in the case of 'mental disorder' or 'mental illness.' These are, in fact, made up terms, social constructs, that change through time and are governed by the biases of those who create them.
Psychiatry has been operating for over 200 years on the basis that 'mental disorder' is caused by human biology, and while acknowledging that it has yet to be proven, they acted under the basis that it 'would' be proven. Over 200 years ago, psychiatrists would drain the blood from people's brains to 'release the disorder'... not so long ago we gave them lobotomies... today, we simply drug them. And because drugs are so profitable, and because (as Aldous Huxley explained) "social control" will reach its ultimate fruition through elites making people "love their servitude" (what he referred to as the "Ultimate Revolution"), the amount of "mental illness" classifications has skyrocketed, and the drugs to "treat" them followed suit.
It's creating a world of zombies, where all human emotion and experience is considered "ill" or "abnormal", and thus there can (and will) be a drug for any situation, emotion, experience or thought, so that instead of actually "taking responsibility" for the world around us, instead of changing our environment, we change our psychological state in order to better suit ourselves to a monotonous existence.
And you can claim "paranoia" or whatever it is I am sure you will claim, but several prominent intellectual voices were warning people about this as early as the 1930s, and specifically psychology, psychiatry and pharmacology were identified. It isn't 'conspiracy', but simply social control, social engineering, and long, incremental social processes.
Psychology students today are not taught about different ways of viewing the mind or the world. It is presented as a "science", when in fact, it is a philosophy. They are not readily exposed to the critical thinkers within the field, who have done so much to advance knowledge about the mind, but because they were anti-establishment agitators, their work is often lost to history.
Some good people to look up on the subject:
- Franco Basaglia
- Thomas Szasz
- R.D. Laing
- Michel Foucault
- Jeffrey Masson
- Rollo May
- Robert Whitaker
There is much more to the mind than biology. Do not be too hasty to label mental differentiation as "illness." Posterity will call you 'mad'.