This is a very interesting thread, Thank you John, for opening it.
My feelings are that all humans are mentally ill in some way or another,including myself. That is, that I feel the figure should be 100% not 50... being imperfect entities living in an imperfect atmosphere will not allow perfect mental harmony.
It is hard for me to define mental illness, almost impossible in most cases, except for a few-
consider serial killers and child molesters and people who chose war as a method of solving conflicting issues, as examples.
Considering also, our present culture, and the battering of it by commerce and politics,
it is understandable why we have the jitters and shakes...
The thing that bugs me most about this issue is the assault on children that act out their grievances with "erratic" behavior, these innocents that we classify as having a.d.d.- a.d.h.d. and other similar maladies.
I am quite sure that some of these kids need some kind of med to straighten them out, but am also quite sure that many are not mentally ill as they are described, but are still in a pristine state that says to them...run from this, hide from it, you do not belong here in this adverse place..
I also believe that taking drugs by adults in some cases is acceptable, especially if they have tendency towards being depressed beyond what is normal at times...
believe that taking them is just a Band-Aid on an infected sore..it makes the wound feel better but does not really cure..I also believe that whomever chooses to take them should do so, if it makes them feel better.
I will expound what I believe is the cure...
and that is a changed society...I know, I know, I have been called "nuts" before, and realize that this is said to be impossible.
Ooops, it's time for me to go to work, be back later....
[This message has been edited by Ron (08-15-2005 01:57 PM).]