The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct

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HarperCollins, Jul 12, 2011 - Psychology - 368 pages
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50th Anniversary Edition With a New Preface and Two Bonus Essays

The most influential critique of psychiatry ever written, Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness, psychiatrists, Szasz argues, absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness. He also critiques Freudian psychology as a pseudoscience and warns against the dangerous overreach of psychiatry into all aspects of modern life.

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Every worth of this is True.
For have lived this illness all of my life and when reading this the energetic reason (mental, excessive mental mulling, staying in the mind continuously broungt about
all that is mentioned here)
The ansere is not medication nor hospitalization it is simply work, working on oneself and only oneself can do this, working to serve, to be in service to all others to give the mind a purposeful task to work equally with the physical and mental actions of work.
Too much idle time on ones hands is unhealthy, a balance is what is called for both enjoying living and working in service . Equally working in a practical non rushed, non pushed, by practically rhythmically way.
Each persons body works differently, some a little more slowly than others, but it does not matter about the pace, what matters the person does not give in to the can't be botthered for it is this energy that drains and destroys us.
When society wakes up and the Doctors wake up to this simple fact, and get programes going whereby mentaly or so called diagnosed mentaly affected patients are instead put to work then there will be an marked change in that person.
Whileever the person has a label slapped on them they will convince and behave according to that label.
Work is the way to cure mental illness. Simple not complicated.

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I'm reading a chapter from 1960 edition, it bothered me so much as Szasz put forward those "self-evident" justifications. He made his point in regarding mental illness as "problems in living". But I doubted the practicability of an argument over the concept itself and the implication of his idea to clinical settings at all. 

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About the author (2011)

Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the State University of New York in Syracuse, where he has taught since 1956.

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