Is Mental Illness An Illness?

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Is mental illness an illness? According to psychologists of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental illness is a state mind that impacts a person 's thinking, feeling or mood. Known to affect people ability to be in harmony in society with each other, mental illness is different from one person to another even people with the same diagnosis. On the other hand, Thomas S. Szasz author of “The Myth of Mental Illness” assert that “mental illness does not exist and that the notion of illness only applies to bodily abnormalities that can be proved by physical and chemical methods (Szasz, 2010). In nowadays societies with a better comprehension this phenomenon in the medical field, there is several reasons supporting the fact that mental illness does not exist. The first reason, which made us to agree with the psychiatrist Thomas S. Szasz’s on the matter of the non-existence of mental illness, is that an illness is usually definite as a disease or period of sickness affecting animal, plant or human beings by manifesting signs or symptoms that affect a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury. While among the 297 mental disorders listed in the official publication of the American Psychiatric Association nowadays, there is no defining physical tests, any blood tests, or even laboratory tests of any kind that is conducted on the patient to determine their real state of mind. What psychologist usually do it is putting people into a particular box with a label on it on the basis of a mental disorder checklist wrote by their peers. For example the Ted talk named “Strange answer to the psychopath test” by the journalist John Ronson demonstrated that everybody in this world will fit to several categ... ... middle of paper ... ...of modern technology, the idea prone in this article of 1960 by Thomas S. Szasz still is pretty accurate and up to date especially in nowadays society because the great majority of psychologist refer their works to the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) also called the bible of psychologist wrote long time ago by their peers. In conclusion, I agree with Thomas S. Szasz assertion that mental illness does not exist because firstly the 297 mental disorders listed in the official publication of the American Psychiatric Association do not fit the basic conception of a disease by non-manifestation of symptomatic reaction inside of outside a living being. Secondly, because none scientifically evidence such as blood test can corroborate the psychotic theory and finally because those theories are subject to vote between psychologist therefore very challengeable.

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