Psychiatry’s labels are metaphorical labels, not actual diseases. “If mental illnesses are diseases of the central nervous system, then they are diseases of the brain, not the mind; if they are the names of (mis)behaviors, then they are not diseases.” He aims for “linguistic clarification,” and is critical of the psychiatric establishment for using confused and confusing categories that “literalize the metaphor of mental illnesses… and accept fictitious mental diseases as facts.” Such medicalizing of problems destroys “respect for persons as moral agents” and makes doctors agents of coercion.
Mental Illness is Still a Myth
Author: Thomas Szasz Date: January 01, 1995
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- Queries and Controversies: Why Should Pastors Do the Time-Consuming Work of Counseling?
- Book Review: If I Should Die Before I Wake by K. Scott Oliphint and Sinclair Ferguson
- Review of Let the Reader Understand by McCartney and Clayton
- Preaching to the Secular Mind
- Mental Illness is Still a Myth
- Anger Part 1: Understanding Anger
- The Christian Approach to Schizophrenia
- Insight into Multiple Personality Disorder
- The Proverbs and the Art of Persuasion
- Do You Have Any Idea?