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Poster: Sir Lance-alot
Subject: RE: Mental disorders ARE NOT brain disorders.
I think my earlier points were somewhat valid. Furthermore, I think that the authors mains points are:
while mental/psychological diseases are not disconnected from one's physical being (nothing is), they are quite different from other diseases (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc) in the following ways:
1) despite decades of research, there is nothing even close to a scientific consensus on how to biologically measure or record such diseases (like depression or anxiety), and no drug or surgery treatments that appear to substantially relieve these diseases ( several meta-analyses have shown major anti-depressants to be no more successful than placebo at relieving depression)
2) while stress and other negative or positive experiences can indeed result in negative consequences for one's physical health, such experiences seem to have a much greater impact on mental diseases. And can one "talk" their way out of brain cancer? Of course not. But one CAN receive talk therapy, have new positive experiences, and beat depression. That's a huge difference between two different "brain diseases."
In short, the biology of mental disorders is for the most part quite unknown, and furthermore, EXPERIENCE appears to play a central role in creating mental disorders, as opposed to them being simply regarded as genetic defects or inherent, preexisting, disordered brain chemistry. This separates mental disorders from virtually all other diseases and because of that, they should be treated differently.
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