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Re: CHAT: Profile of a Conlanger

From:Ed Heil <edheil@...>
Date:Thursday, May 13, 1999, 23:25
>===== Original Message From Constructed Languages List (Eli) >Also, an aside as regards mental illness: My only official diagnosis is >dysthemia, I believe (the shrinks have not been particularly forthcoming >with information in my case). I also have a great many of the symptoms of >OCD. I've been twice hospitalized and tried Zoloft. It certainly does >seem as if the incidence of mental illness is unusually high on this list, >which makes me even more inclined to think that "mental illness" is simply >societally legitimized prejudice.
More complex an issue than I'd like to get into, but let me just say for the record that from my POV, it would be an error on one side to ignore the degree to which the label "mental illness" is used as a weapon of societal prejudice, and an error on the other side to write off the whole concept of "mental illness" as an ideological fabrication. I have a number of friends with mental illnesses worse (so it sounds) than anything anyone's mentioned having here, and at least in the U.S., the biggest problem seems to be, not people unfairly pathologizing them, but unfairly refusing to acknowledge that they are suffering from something which is real, debilitating, and not their fault -- and not something they can just shake off or "cheer up" from or whatever. Ed -- Ed Heil * "When you get your Ph. D. How happy you will be When you get a job at Wendy's And are honored with 'Employee of the Month.'" -- Bare Naked Ladies, "Never Is Enough"