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  •  OK, so what's not "ill" (4+ / 0-)
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    ladelfina, Matt Z, Overseas, Old Lefty

    about an untreatable delusional state?

    I still don't understand.

    •  It's not genetically rooted and won't (4+ / 0-)

      likely respond to medication.

      People with delusions don't believe they have them and therefore never seek treatment for them.

      And the more tightly these delusions are held the more at risk you are of being hurt if you try to confront them: you challenge their entire view of reality.

      #occupywallstreet: Although I know the rhythm you'd prefer me dancing to, I'll turn my revolt into style.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 05:20:41 AM PDT

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    •  Its a matter of definition (0+ / 0-)

      When it comes to mental ilness, if its not in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) then, according to the APA (American Psychiatric Association) it cannot be diagnosed. This may seem a purely semantic distinction, but it is far more significant. Many readers here will be aware that until it was removed from the DSM, homosexuality was, de facto, a disease. The struggle for de-listing is a fascinating case study of how abstract definitions, or the absence thereof can and do have real consequences in the world.

      If it ain't in the book, they ain't sick. That's just how it works. And, in fact, IMHO this is really a social phenomenon.  Like Mormons, talk to these people one on one and many are basically decent, hard working folks who are just scared shitless by the accelerating pace of change. Get them together in large groups, you got angels, demons and magic underwear.

      Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

      by Old Lefty on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 05:25:38 AM PDT

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