We are told that mental illnesses occur because of our genes, our upbringing, our personality, our temperament, our lifestyle and we can do nothing about them. Stress or no stress, we are told, if we have all these factors loaded in our personal history, we are prone to have a mental illness. Some psychiatrists adhere to this belief strongly.
This belief is then put across as the “gospel truth” of science. Naturally, this brings up a sense of low self-esteem and helplessness in the person who is suffering with the illness.
We are then made to believe that medications are man-made answers to mental illness, which is a curse of nature.
The whole area of mental illness is about losing a sense of freedom. When we find ourselves bound to emotional issues of our life, that we cannot rid ourselves of, we lose our freedom of thinking. This creates stress in our mind and our body bears the brunt of it.
This loss of freedom brings up a sense of fear or a sense of helplessness. Both such feelings bring up a sense of insecurity.
People lose confidence in their own worth. Self-esteem becomes low. With lack of confidence and low self-esteem, comes poor decision-making.
A person suffers with all these conditions when suffering with a mental illness. When a mentally ill person goes to seek help – confidence, self-esteem and sense of freedom are already lost.
Instead of helping the person become independent, there is a tendency to make the person dependent on medication.
Medication plays its role in controlling the condition or state of illness. It does nothing to improve the quality of life permanently.
To improve their quality of life, the person needs to take responsibility for their own well being.
We live in a free society. The freedom to suffer is also one kind of freedom. We also have the freedom to look for answers to minimize our suffering.