Ugh. Deep hatred and mistrust of the medical community, and a normalizing society, basically?
Just because there is a ‘treatment’ doesn’t mean it’s an illness.
This is the way I am. I am not ill. I am lucky enough that if my environment is relatively positive and stable, I will be relatively positive and stable. My fast switching is on and that is entirely livable.
I understand that for some bipolar people and some depressives, they actually need their meds to function, but even then, I would hesitate to call them ILL. It isn’t a sickness, it is how our brains are.
Like, erectile dysfunction. This is not an illness. Just because there are meds to fix it, doesn’t make it a fucking illness. This is the way your dick is now that you are 40, 50, 60, 70. ADAPT. Accommodate. Learn how to fuck with more than your dick.
I understand that for some ED people, they actually need their meds for their dick to function, but even then, I would hesitate to call them ILL. It isn’t a sickness, it is how your dick is.
You say ‘healthy human variant’ but I’m saying ‘human variant.’ We aren’t all the same, we shouldn’t have to feel the same and operate in the world in the same manner. Calling people who fall outside the norm ill is a creeping, infectious blight, and it really gets my back up.
Wow, your comment about erectile dysfunction is incredibly ableist, ageist, and dismissive. For one thing, it happens to people of all ages, not just those who are over 40. For another thing, ED is often a symptom of an illness (like diabetes.) We treat symptoms. For another thing, it can cause them major distress. What if they *want* to fuck with their dicks? Why should they “adapt” in a way that makes them unhappy? Just because you say so? Would you say similar to/about people who use prosthetic limbs or insulin pumps or organ transplants?
What makes a mental illness “illness” rather than just a human variant is whether or not their symptoms cause dysfunction in the person’s life. If being bipolar doesn’t cause a problem in your life, then it isn’t an illness *for you*. That doesn’t give you a pass on dismissing other people’s health problems as not needing or worthy of treatment.