Post No.: 0041
One cannot ever look good, moral, big or clever mocking someone as mentally ill or because they are mentally ill – by using simple logic, either they aren’t mentally ill and so you’re going to look foolish because you’re clearly incorrect for calling someone something they are not, or they are mentally ill and so you’re going to look quite low for trying to pick on someone who is vulnerable! If you claim that someone is ‘sick’ or ‘retarded’ and needs to seek professional help then either they don’t and you’re wrong, or they genuinely do hence they require empathy rather than ridicule or being ostracised. If a person is genuinely sick or retarded then he/she is an unfortunate victim of bad luck because no one chose, earned or therefore deserved his/her own genes or environment (in particular the environment during his/her crucial formative years and upbringing). Woof.
We can find it difficult to properly empathise with people who have had lives and experiences that have been different to our own. Mental health disorders are also highly complex e.g. being impaired or okay at one specific thing doesn’t necessarily mean being impaired or okay at another – it’s like having dysfunctional toes on the right paw doesn’t necessarily mean having dysfunctional toes on the left paw; except with the brain or mind there are millions more individual and important moving or structural pieces and neural networks that could go individually wrong. It can therefore be hard to generalise mental health problems and individual sufferers can have different precise symptoms and different treatments that may work for them or not (different treatments working for different people can also apply to other physiological or physical problems too so this should not be considered unusual e.g. some people with some cancers will find radiotherapy works better than chemotherapy, and for others it’ll be the other way around).
Although some symptoms are common in specific mental disorder classifications, no two people will behave in exactly the same way when unwell; although having these medical classifications can still help in diagnosis and when guiding potential treatments (these classifications are being refined all the time as we learn more about the human brain and mental health issues). Each sufferer’s illness can therefore be idiosyncratic. And many people can feel troubled without having a (currently known) diagnosed or diagnosable problem, although this doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling to cope with their daily lives in some way i.e. there’s much more we need to learn about mental health problems and classifications, never mind solutions.
The field of mental health disorders is currently one of the most fluid, evolving and complex areas of medical science at the moment, with classifications, boundaries and names of disorders constantly being redefined. It’s still very much early days in this field and this should be no surprise because the brain is the most complex and least well-understood organ in the body.
Lots of new discoveries have been made and are being made. There has been a lot of positive progress in the past few decades yet there remains still a lot to discover and understand about helping the mentally ill. So Fluffystealthkitten and Furrywisepuppy would like to emphasise that anything to help support mental health research will make a difference!