We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
the main problem with the overdiagnosis of mental problems is that a lot of people who really do have problems get branded as imposters, faking things to get out of bad situations, lazy and unwilling to work when they've severe stress induced depression and hypertension, etc. etc..
All those things are real, but the high number of people being given diagnoses of things like aspergers, autism, and adhd cause the real sufferers to be stigmatised as being incorrectly diagnosed as well, lose jobs, get no support from their social circles, and often no real treatment as well.
The problem isn't over-diagnosis. The problem isn't mental disorders. The problem isn't funding. The problem is stigma. Can't we all just get along? For example, I will let you get naked if you let me look. Problem solved. It is true, I have a gift. Truth yo.
We only had one perfect human and we found him so obnoxious we crucified him.
Forgive the shrinks, they are just like plumbers and lawyers: “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” Adam Smith
"We only had one perfect human and we found him so obnoxious we crucified him."
he was basically crucified for being nuts...
Going against the mainstream is going to get you branded as mentally ill.
Of course that's in a sane society. In an insane society like ours the mainstream considers itself insane and that leads to 80% of people being considered mentally ill. In a sane society the majority is by definition sane.