Has society created and 'invented' mental illness?
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I accept the debate, but I can't believe that they limit is 4,000 characters or that the voting period is 6 months.
However, I do not believe that society "invents" mental illnesses as mental illnesses, but this does not mean I do not believe society hasn't added labels to the illnesses. This, however, does not prevent me from winning as the resolution was that society invents mental illnesses, not that society labels mental illnesses. Labels are essential when it comes to health problems because many illnesses have similar effects with just one or two differences, and when tested, there could be the one difference that changes a common cold to bronchitis (as an example, though I'm sure there is more than one difference). Without labeling the sicknesses, there is no way that doctors or pharmacists would be able to hand out medication and treatment as quickly and efficiently as they can now.
Moving on to the actual invention of illnesses. I say that society only labels but does not invent illnesses because there are distinct differences between the minds, moods and actions with a "sick" person and a normal person. Mental Health America (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net...) shows the warning sides in mental illnesses that are not found in normal functioning brains such as social withdrawal, suicidal thoughts, confused thinking and changes in performance. Though these seem normal with media constantly pointing these out rather than normal, heathy and active people, these are still symptoms of illnesses that are not in majority of the population.
So, to restate my argument, society does not invent illnesses, but they do label them in order to help the ill quickly and efficiently.
There is no physical proof for mental illness so we cannot be sure whether or not they exist. I accept that people go through different experiences meaning that they react in different ways but have medical professors used drugs and therapy as more of a way to make money?
To follow this argument is to follow the argument that anything named by society, society has created. The universe, for example, has been here for times before Earth's creation yet wasn't created after we decided to name it. Something as simple as chocolate chip cookies weren't invented until the late 1930s (http://iml.jou.ufl.edu...) but were still made before they were labeled. So to follow this statement is to be fallacious.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that leads to mulitple symptoms such as hallucinations and if unmedicated can lead to more severe symptoms. To say that this is all a reason for doctors to make money would be ignorant and illogical.
I'm glad you see the same way as me regardless of your experience.
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