Reports myths or misconceptions about mental illness.
Endogenous mental illness is mainly due to hereditary factors, although their nature and transmission are not fully understood. This hereditary factor can trigger inherent mechanisms of disorder under the influence of some external effects or can be released by disease or may as well remain inactive and be transmitted to the next generation. Such diseases include schizophrenia (psychosis, in which mental disorders combined with preservation of intelligence and clear mind), manic-depressive psychosis (MDP – alternating periods of joyful and depressed mood) and schizoaffective disorder, which is an intermediate state between schizophrenia and MDP.
National Mental Health Media Prize
Ironically, today, psychiatry's own official label bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, does not refer to the phrase "mental illnesses," but to mental disorders. Even inside the DSM, which psychiatry generally believes albeit falsely to be scientific, they do not use the phrase "mentally ill" in diagnosing, so it is actually scientifically impossible, by psychiatry's own standards, to be officially "diagnosed mentally ill."
Inaccurate, insensitive or sensationalist media reports on mental illness and suicide can have significant consequences: research has shown that people who read negative articles about mental illness expressed more negative attitudes toward people with a mental illness.
“Day of the forget-me-not flower” on World Mental Health Day
Two years after coming to live with us, Jules developed a respiratory infection that with treatment seemed to go away, but left him weak and vulnerable. He returned to the chickenyard only to find himself supplanted by Glippie, with whom he had used to be cordial, but was now dueling, and he didn’t have the heart or strength for it. His exuberance ebbed out of him and he became sad; there is no other word for the total condition of mournfulness he showed. His voice, which had always been cheerful, changed to moaning tones of woe. He banished himself to the outer edges of the chickenyard where he paced up and down, bawling so loudly I could hear him crying from inside the house. I brought him in with me and sought to comfort my beloved bird, who showed by his whole demeanor that knew he was dying and was hurt through and through by what he had become. Jules developed an abdominal tumor. One morning our veterinarian placed him gently on the floor of his office after a final and futile overnight stay. Jules looked up at me from the floor and let out a low groan of “ooooohh” so broken that it pierced me through. I am pierced by it now, remembering the sorrow expressed by this dear sweet creature, “Gentleman Jules,” who had loved his life and his hens and was leaving it all behind.
Focus on culture, healthcare, education, and employment
My call is about opposing domination by any model in this complex field. My call is about opposing bullying in mental health care.
Let's Stop Saying "Mental Illness"! — MFIPortal
I highly recommend the superbly-researched book by historian Andrew Scull et al. to understand how a few hundred elites in England in the 1800's helped construct the medical model domination system we see today. Scull points out that one of the first, most influential books promoting a medical model of mental health in the 1800's barely even mentioned that 'flavor of the day,' phrenology, which the author finally added as an afterthought in his dedication.
Mental illness Essay - Paper Topics
If you want to use that term about yourself that is one thing. But when anyone uses the phrase "mentally ill" about others, including me and other psychiatric survivors, the implication is that since an "illness" is the problem then a doctor ought to be part of the solution. "Mental illness" also says since the problem is like a materialistic physical illness, then perhaps the solution ought to be physical too, such as a chemical or drug or electricity.