Cerebro93 wrote: And a psychiatrist should not work to cure someone, rather help the patient live comfortable while maintaining a sense of self.
RandomUser191 wrote:so you're saying that a patient (for example) suffering from depression should stay depressed forever, but "learn to live with it"?Cerebro93 wrote: And a psychiatrist should not work to cure someone, rather help the patient live comfortable while maintaining a sense of self.
Cerebro93 wrote:Every "mental illness" has two sides of the same coin. I do not ignore the destructive affects of depression, I'm not that naive. But frankly, if we're to follow the evolutionary theory of natural selection, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism, all these so-called mental illnesses would have been wiped out if they were absolutely useless.
You a fan of Beethoven at all? You know of my good old friend Carl Jung? Both of these brilliant minds underwent major episodes of depression, and came out of it with their greatest works of their lives. Someone with ADHD can take in a HUGE breadth of information from their surroundings. Someone with Autism has an uncanny ability to focus, with a prodigious ability in some sort of domain.
Cerebro93 wrote:These is just too much to simplify it as an illness. You want them to keep their empathy and sympathy that comes with their depression, but you want to control it so it is no longer destructive. I believe I may suffer from a form of depression, mild, though, and frankly, it sucks, but the insight it gives me is something different. I don't want one to lose the good that come from their depression.
Cerebro93 wrote:But even more importantly, I don't want someone to change in such a great degree. Medications can deaden people, change them. Therapeutic methods should seek not to change them, but stabilize them, aid them in their struggle to cope. It's a fundamental part of who they are, and to take that away would be an absolute disgrace to the individual. Read DWK's essays on ADHD, my beliefs I share with him very much, but it extends, for me at least, to other "mental illnesses".
christina wrote:I had a class taught by a consultant to a pharm company. I've told others, but I still find incredulous responses. Drug companies make money by expanding their market, hence, most people are fed a line of marketing BS. They don't require a drug to fix their problems; Their problems are universal. In order to make money, the drug is commonly repackaged to extend the patent. The drug is commonly re-labeled to be used in the 'treatment' of different or additional diseases (again, broadening the market). This extends the life of the patent, because now it is a 'different' product. There are no good intentions or misguided dreams of helping society in the distribution of these drugs. The consultant did not candy coat this and in fact defended these practices as a "necessary evil".
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