Mr. Colborne makes some thought-provoking points about the need for spirituality in psychiatry. We definitely could benefit from more insightful discourse on this complicated, important subject. Today, we are encouraged to “talk” about so-called mental illness. But to me that approach mostly reinforces existing cultural biases. Let’s really talk and not just regurgitate… as Mr. Colborne suggests.
I believe that what are currently diagnosed as mental illnesses should be seen as expressions of character or personality rather than brain disorders. The way in which we behave could only be described as a brain disorder if the reality is that chemicals in our brains control our personalities. But I’m quite sure this isn’t the case. Please allow me just a couple of minutes of your time so I can explain how I have arrived at this conclusion.
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