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How Do You Cure Mental Illness?

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

One of the challenges faced by people who have a mental illness — such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or ADHD or the like — is that not too many people will talk to you about “curing” …

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How Do You Cure Mental Illness?

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  1. I have a problem with this article. I have suffered from OCD for over 30 years.
    You didn’t mention OCD so I guess you meant it to be the “of the like” Section in your post. The problem with this article is the term cure. Mental illness can not be cured. It can be managed, but it can not be cured. There is no cure for mental illness currently and that is why no one uses that term. If there were don’t you think all of us, mental illness sufferers would take it? This article promotes stigma and it does so by giving the impression that we can be cured but just don’t want to admit it. It smacks of we want to stay sick. It’s completely false and you as a doctor should know that. Many people that are ignorant of mental illness throw such tripe in our faces daily. “You just don’t want to get better, you just want attention, there is nothing really wrong with you. ” now you are promoting the same false beliefs that keep is in fear of judgment and ridicule. It’s hard enough to live and battle our mental illnesses daily and to add yet another article proclaiming that we can be cured but just don’t want to be is hurtful and ignorant. Doctors don’t use the word cure for a reason. Most mental illnesses are chronic disorders of the mind. They are treatable but most therapies and medications can only improve our symptoms not take them away completely. I don’t care for the word cure. I don’t care for it because it gives others the false idea that we can wake up one day and be normal. That doesn’t happen to most of us and it sets people up for failure. Maybe if I tried harder I could have been cured, maybe it’s my fault I still suffer….it’s ridiculous. It hurts our self esteem and our self worth to think such things. It makes others believe we aren’t trying hard enough. It is not a word you use to describe a chronic suffering. Until the powers that be, whoever they are, come out with something that makes mental illness go away and never return then you should not use the word cure. A cure is something that takes away all of the sickness and it’s symptoms. There isn’t one for this. But there is people trying to take advantage of those that suffer by spouting a certain diet, pills, books, DVDs and such. They want our money and they throw the word cure around not caring who they hurt. This article shames us. It puts guilt on us for not being healed when others think we should be. It places shame that we aren’t normal yet on us. That shame and guilt do not belong to us, it belongs to those who spread false information and misguided ideas to those who do not know any better. That shame and guilt fall on doctors who decide that cures are there we just don’t want to be healthy and happy. That shame and guilt belongs to those who try to hurt the fragile by selling them bull rap wrapped in a pretty package wrapped in Christmas paper and a velvet bow. Shame on you.

  2. No one ever said there is a cure. But the majority of the Psychiatric community subscribes to the notion that some relief can be found through the use of medication(s). And that’s what I’ve been looking for for 27 yrs of treatment for mixed mania (which includes yrs of misdiagnoses). I’ve only had a couple very brief periods of relief (from meds) and I know it’s possible to achieve. And the difference is like night and day. I may never find partial relief again but there has to be something to give me a boost so I can function better. At 49 I can not function at all and suicide absolutely becomes a justified way out of this dysfunctional nightmare, misery and widespread social ostracizing. The modern World is not constructed to accept, tolerate or sustain people with chronic mental disorders. And one of the problems is that Psychiatrists don’t do their jobs correctly because they’re over-worked and/or fed up with their jobs. They distance themselves and take very little (or no interest) in the pathology of their patients which is strikingly counterproductive and it’s a shame.

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  4. The treatment of the neuroleptic drugs is not a “cure”…it only allows the patients to sleep, the problem is people with negative thinking like you who say there is no cure, what about the 68% success rate for fasting? Or orthomolecular therapy? Some people have even found meditation to be effective.

    The psychiatrist…is posing as a doctor telling people he wants to help them..in what amounts to legalized drug pushing.

    Sleep is the only cure for mental illness. 1/3 of all people recover from mental illness…

    You seem to want to push and agenda of devastating neuroleptic drugs, which have serious side effects.

  5. Psychologists with 90+ years can’t explain how I rewired and healed my brain. So, I believe I have a cure for mental illness.
    I was born with a mental condition that created a passive state of mind. I had very little affection which I only showed towards animals.
    I was diagnosed mentally retarded after a near drowning at age six. My mental state could only connect with moment. There wasn’t a past or a future.
    All my life I have lived with ocd, ptsd, schizophrenia, and in my teens bipolar started along with insomnia, anxiety and depression.
    Last year I begin working on a certain mindset in hopes of creating a stable state of mind.
    1. Can you say ” I want to accept everything in my life. 2. I was to let go of the past to live in the moment. 3. I will continue move on to discover new things.
    This was my state of mind as a child and for most if life, until, I started being like everybody around me.
    The most important thing about overcoming a mental illness. You have to really want the change. Meaning “you can’t want any of what you are now.
    If, you can’t like everything around you and can’t accept one thing. This one thing will hold you back from finding a new identity.
    You can cure your mental illness. Are you ready for a new life?

  6. Some people can cure their own mental health problems. When I was very young I was very close to be diagnosed with Aspergers and later had depression and anxiety. It was being 19 years and I am now symptom free and live a good life. I tried all different types of therapies and medication and made everything worst. Instead of wasting my time with useless professionals . I used my mind and cured myself instead. Your mind can do a lot more than people think you just have to open your mind and not listen to professionals.

  7. I think the issue here is with imagining “normal.” A person who suffers from depression, for example, may not imagine “normal” the way a person without depression imagines it FOR the sufferer. If I am suffering, I go to a medical professional for healing purposes. Whether the professional can help heal the sufferer’s symptoms or the underlying cause can only be determined with an evaluation. As far as I can tell from the article, based on the resources available at this time, the underlying cause of some conditions that cause suffering cannot be healed. The Healer, however, has some treatments to alleviate suffering. If the symptoms can become advantageous, great. Even better.

  8. As I “am afflicted by mental illness” have sought the cause of my afliction,there is more then one cause but in the study of psychology the environmental causes of disorder in mood in mind,thinking at the elementary level are considered.Basic study of psychology says the evironment “affects mood,thinking,the way a person feels”,and is it not that,a way a person feels,all the emotions all the thoughts.But where do these emotions,thoughts come from do they come from the id from the individual,the ego,who a person is,as opposed to what “the world” thinks they are.Where do our thoughts come from,what does an innocent baby think,is a baby aware of the environment,historically and present,does a baby know “all the negativity in the world”,is a baby mentaly ill,where does mental illness come from.You are the world you live in.What is “a brain disorder”is the mind the physical manifestation the brain or is a mind more then the brain,is my computer part of my mind,is my foot part of my mind,is my world,and the outside world part of my mind,does whats happening concerne me or what happend,I can choose to ignore,ignore the world and the stories that are told but how “do you ingnore the world” be separate in your own bubble,we all have a bubble our own little world,hoppefully the romans wont invade it.Where does mental ilness come from.

  9. Physical Work is the only cure for mental illness. That is why persons afflicted do well in a oldtime farm setting .

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