This is so true, and it is reflecting itself in education too. Since there has been an orthodox and prescriptive method of education, there are now arguments to suggest that we are no longer producing natural genius's such as Einstein. We are in fact hindering their potential rather than helping. Look at Leonardo Da Vinci, he was an Italian Polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor architect, botanist, musician and writer. He was in a generation that accomodated his curiosity, his diverse methods of educating himself. In a society that did not largely give him limitations to his exploration of ideas. As a result he was a hugely influential man and a great benefit to advances in his subjects and society then and now. In todays education system, I wonder if he would have reached his potential in those respects, where we are encouraged to focus on one subject only, and learn in one accepted way. I wonder if he would be classed today as someone with a mental health problem? Parallels can be drawn with mental health where there is still a leaning towards a prescriptive and general way of dealing with things and diagnosing which fails to account for the individual, their characteristics, their potential and capabilities.Very true. Mental illness is equated to powerful emotions, behaviour which is not accepted as normal; & anything that does not equate to societal norms; be it thoughts, ideas, attitudes or whatever. Orthodox psychiatry is the arbitrator of Reality; while in truth the Jury is still out on what Reality is.
Very true I couldn't have put that better myself!The irony is that it's Society itself that displays frightening pathology; & is itself largely insane. I'd agree that there are those dangerous imbalanced individuals that need very specialist care; & society needs protection from them; unfortunately that usually doesn't happen either, the people that need specialist care don't get it, & such people are usually free to commit violent acts, due to massive failings in the system - which, as you have pointed out; has all the mentally ill tarred with the same brush, & gives the general public the attitude & perception that All the mentally ill are dangerous, & prone to irrational violence for no reason; reinforcing negative social stereotypes.
The solution would have to be something very different from how all this has been approached over the past 60 odd years - which when viewed from a detached perspective; the practices of a wholly bio-medical model, & pharmacological orthodox psychiatry; can only be seen as a monumental failure; to society & the individual. But as long as individuals refuse to see these things for what they are; there will be no change; it will only get worse. People need to realise that, in relation to modern MH practise - the Emperor isn't wearing any clothes.