Personally, I believe Dr. Thomas Szasz was correct in theorizing that most psychological disorders are not real. I think we've tried to pick apart what makes each individual unique and special and label it as problem. No one clarify what normal is, so how do you decide where the line is, when there isn't even another side.
To be honest, none of us is completely and totally sane. We are all on a spectrum ranging from functional to non functional. That is why we probably should not be categorizing issues or people with regard to disease and disorder. Rather we should just help everyone to become as happy and functional as possible.
If a certain treatment cures a particular disease, that
disease must be real. Since there are effective drugs for many mental
disorders, it follows that the disorders must be real. At the same time, many mentally
ill people are misdiagnosed, and some receive the wrong treatment. A walk
through American down towns will show that many go completely untreated. Yet, given
time, the existing treatments will restore mental patients to their right minds.
Dr. Thomas Szasz was not correct in theorizing that most psychological disorders are not real. Most of his ideals and theories are just not correct and should not be followed by other psychologists. He makes his money off trying to sell these ideas to the public and mislead them in the attempts.
I understand that a psychological disorder such as depression is not as 'real' as cancer because you can't really see it or test for it and you can't remove it with surgery or something like that. However, depression is still real and it needs treatment in order to put someone in balance.