The words “mental illness” have become a code for people who don’t want to think or analyze. They chirp “mental illness” whenever reality baffles them as if these words actually explained anything instead of being first a means of social control and then a way for pharmaceutical companies to make piles of money.
There is no mental illness that just happens for no reason. It doesn’t exist. What does exist is the following:
a) a society that finds it impossible to accept difference and that prefers to pathologize it and medicate the non-conformist into oblivion;
b) psychiatrists who have no skills and can do nothing but follow this social mandate;
c) people who hand over the responsibility for their personal growth to a bunch of pills;
d) pharmaceutical companies that make out like bandits and keep promoting the “mental illness” meme.
The more wide-spread this meme is in a given society, the more infantilized that society is.
I know that many people have come to experience a profound emotional attachment to the pharmaceutical ads and the idea that there is no mental illness will make them angry. This only testifies to the power of such advertisement that prevents people from noticing the enormous liberating potential of the idea that there is no mental illness.
That is their right, of course. What really entertains me, though, are the earnest Liberals who have come to convince themselves that recognizing mental illness and respecting it as an identity-building construct is somehow a progressive act. It is especially hilarious to see them defend the mental illness label in the same breath as they condemn predatory capitalism.