Stigma and Bipolar Disorder

This woman was incredibly articulate and well educated, a university professor. And yet, her thesis was that mental illnesses didn’t really exist—that wellness through medical treatment was a fantasy conjured up by the marketers of medicine. In her view, the ways in which people are diagnosed and treated for mental illnesses are nothing more than shoddy methods devised by health-care and pharmaceutical institutions with profit motives. These methods, she said, stripped individuals of their sense of self-reliance, their humanity, and their money.

via Stigma and Bipolar Disorder | bphope.

That sort of reaction surprises and angers me … until I remember that it used to be my reaction too 😦


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