There are some supposed mental illnesses that are probably all in the imagination of some ambitious psychological researcher looking to make a name for himself.
And it seems to me that to decide something is a mental “disorder”, we have to define some sort of “normal order” for the mind. I don’t think we’re sufficiently advanced in our knowledge of the mind to do that quite yet.
And I’m highly skeptical about psychotherapy, as well as personally opposed to the use of psychotropic medication to alter the mind.
For all that, however, I don’t see the need to make anything personal out of the issue. I can’t crawl into anyone else’s mind, so I don’t know how they think (or even whether they think, if I want to be really skeptical). If somewhere in that thread, TVAA made it personal, then I understand and agree with your angst, Guin. Otherwise, I think the issues are up for debate in a general way. Courtesy is one thing, but people ought not be afraid even to broach a subject for fear of offending someone with a vested interest in one side or another of the issue. That sort of courtesy is perfect for dinnertable conversation, but here at SDMB we’re free to rustle some feathers.
I understand that people with mental illnesses, however we define that, have faced a certain amount of hostility in society, from various institutions, insurance companies, and so on. I understand in light of that why you might get defensive when you see a challenge to the prevailing notion of mental disease, having fought long and hard to establish it. But I doubt TVAA meant anything personally. If something in that thread indicates to the contrary, please point it out to me and correct my mistake.