I read the Wikipedia entry for 'mental disorder' the other day -
Along with a load of other stuff about different views on these areas. All part of an ongoing quest to try & work things out a bit more.
Psychiatry/the biomedical model - Primarily equates Madness [mental & emotional distress] with a brain disorder/illness/disease. There is no proof or evidence that any 'functional' MH condition is based primarily on a biologic/physical brain pathology/condition - But that is in general primarily how things are seen & treated - with a diagnosis/label (of a brain condition) & a drug prescription.
How much is it all a major part & fact of things, that for whatever the reasons - biologic/psychological/social/spiritual (&/or a mixture of these aspects) We really are primarily suffering with mental disorder/unwellness. I know that many people have no problem accepting all that. I have personally found all that very hard to accept & cope with. But is it the same as any other serious difficulty in life?
All this searching; trying to find reasons, causes, explanations, & solutions. Maybe it's just the way it is? Same as if someone got cancer, or any other dis-ease.
I don't see where I go any further with all this? I've looked at & explored as much as I can; every angle/perspective/theory & understanding going. & although I do lean very much towards the more psychological, social & spiritual angles to what I have experienced - I don't really have any more of an idea of why I've gone through what I have done. Modern psychiatry says that mental disorders are mediated by biological/psychological & social factors - & that is where their aetiology lays. The weighting of course is still very much towards, & in favour of biological theories; & label & drug.
Of course there are those that fully recover - but with severe MH disorders that appears to be the minority (for whatever reasons & the same with any major/severe disease/condition).
I suppose that I still have some of the thinking; that with the right social & psychological help & support that I can more fully address & resolve things? But can I? I've suffered with severe mental health difficulties for over 20 years now. & I'm still no closer to really knowing or understanding if the main problem is biological, or psychological, or social, or spiritual - or a mixture of these things? How do I/am I meant to sort it all out & resolve it all? & is that even possible? Is it best to just accept taking medications? Is there other approaches that can viably sort all this out?
I really do feel that I've done my best & tried everything possible that I can to try & resolve & deal with all this [including reading hundreds of books, thousands of hours of research, working closely with alternative healers, mindfulness & meditation, supplements/nutrition, talking at depth with people, utilising as much therapy as possible, thousands of 12 step meetings/approach; countless things]. & I'm still unwell. There hasn't so far been any miraculous healing or resolution to everything. In certain ways I've got a bit better at dealing & coping with certain things; & have been able to live as independently as possible; but a lot of that has really come from adapting to & accepting the fact that I'm ill; & have a severe stress related condition. I've not been in severe psychosis/crisis/hospitalisation for 7 years - which is very good. But I'm not well. I'm still very effected with everything, & with everything that has gone on.
Is it a case of just accepting that I'm not well (& everything that goes with that), & that's the way it is? Accept the diagnosis; accept what is; & more importantly what isn't known, & just keep taking the tablets & plodding on...Accept that it's all just the way it is.
In a way I'm slightly envious of the majority of people that seem able to go with all the orthodox views; I'm mentally ill, I have *insert diagnosis*, the best thing is psychiatric drugs, & can accept the diagnosis, treatments, & prognosis without too much trouble or questioning. I can't do/accept that. I'm still searching for meaning & answers the same as when I first went mad; & is that all a part of this condition as well? There doesn't seem to be any categorical answers to it all. I'm really sick of; depressed about, & done in with it all.