Mental Illness In The West: Neurological or Habits Of Living?

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    Check out this interesting article regarding the current state of mental health care, and America's growing problem with over medication and consumption.
     
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    Your headline is misleading, because neurology or environment does not have to be an either-or proposition.

    Also, psychiatry as a discipline is dead: it has been replaced with psychopharmacology. There's nothing necessarily wrong with psychopharmacology, of course: as your article says, many people do have medical problems and benefit tremendously from psychoactive drugs. Today they're overprescribed, in large part, because of pharma's increasingly voracious quest for more profit.
     
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    Ive been theorizing that alot of mental problems are from malnutrition. we eat like crap and wonder why our bodies and minds dont function properly?
     
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    Yeah much like BIG APPLIANCE is over prescribing larger refrigerators... and BIG MILK is over prescribing gallons of milk....

    DAMN PROFITEERS!

    Of course, all this boils down to is personal RESPONSIBILITY!

    Few people NEED any psycho-anything. They make poor choices, regret those choices and the resulting anxiety leaves them.... ANXIOUS!

    Head shrinkin' has always been a farce; it's nothing more than a subjective 'science' of counter productive cultural value and serves to undermine PERSONAL STRENGTH and moral character. In essence it's part and parcel of a decaying feminized culture.
     
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    People who have problems that can be treated by "talk therapy" either can't afford it, don't have the time for it or simply don't give a shit. It takes work. It takes thinking. It takes risking.
    It's not hard to convince these people that a pill will help them. No pushing is necessary. You just tell them that it's available.
     
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    That's another part of the problem. And the fact that it's harder to get insurance to pay for "talk therapy."
     
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    I think "can't afford it" covers that don't you ?
     
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    In a nutshell, although not many people who need any kind of psychiatric care are self-insured.
     
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    Yes, I realize that some mental illnesses are part genetic and part environmental, but I wasn't making that distinction.

    "Habits of living" = mental illness that is primarily learned (presumably, from experience),
    "Neurological" = mental illness that is primarily brain abnormality (could be genetic, environmental, or both)

    Habits of living emphasizes the psychosocial factors that contribute to mental illness. Neurological is the biological origins of mental illness. I realize they are not mutually exclusive, but as the president of APA is quoted in the article: The biopsychosocial model has become the biobiobio model.

    Psychiatry and psychopharmacology depend on each other. Psychiatrists diagnose and prescribe to patients. Psychomaracologists come up with the drugs to be prescribed.
     
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