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A Great Book,
This review is from: The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Contact (Perennial library) (Paperback)
At one time or another many people become unhappy or angry to the point where they don't feel that they can cope with life because of their spouse or their mortgage or whatever. As Thomas Szasz argues in 'The Myth of Mental Illness', this is unfortunate, but it doesn't constitute a biological illness. As such, if we pretend it is an illness we do a disservice to all concerned. The 'patient' gets the impression that he can't do anything to fix his own problems. The doctor has to deal with people whom he cannot help because they have a life problem, not a biological problem. Worse still, the idea of mental illness conflates medicine with law and morality and as Szasz argues this is a dangerous tendency. If you want to understand more about human behaviour and the world in general, read this book.