A humane alternative to mental health treatment
The conventional mental health industry's ideas about mental distress and upsetting behaviors are presented as medical and clinical problems. They are said to be diseases, deficiencies, dysfunctions, disorders, and defects in you, and that you need treatment that will cure you and make you healthy.
But this is false.
These ideas of mental disorder diagnoses and psychiatric treatment are actually based on moral judgments, not medical ones. They were derived from decades of conference room discussions among mental health professionals about whether you are experiencing life and behaving in ways those professionals deem "inappropriate." They have little to do with medical science.
I offer an alternative.
Classifying thoughts, feelings and behaviors as diseases is a logical and semantic error.... - Thomas Szasz, M.D.
Emotional distress and problem behaviors are natural, expected, and understandable responses to the very real and meaningful difficulties in living your life. With effort, you can change those responses for your benefit.
There are no chemical imbalances, genetic anomalies, or other physiological problems in the human body that account for the forms of human distress typically labeled "mental illnesses" or "mental disorders."