Society HAS created mental illness Has society created mental illnesses? Has it just decided to label disordered behaviour and blow it completely out of proportion? After all, anything not considered a 'norm' is unusual in society, but surely it is society itself that has created those norms - what if those norms were different? Would mental illnesses be completely different? Having suffered from Anorexia Nervosa for the past 3 years or so, I'm beginning to wonder if mental illness is actually real. We are constantly being told on the news that there are a "record number of people suffering from mental illness". This leads me to think about whether everyone has a mental illness on some level? I feel mental illness, in itself, is becoming normal.