Stella, to your point, I can’t write an article that encompasses every single condition. There are conditions that require medication, but this was a general piece. I wrote several other articles about mental illness but only that with which I have direct experience. It would be beyond my ken to opine about conditions like schizophrenia because I have no knowledge or expertise. Similarly anyone could take issue with any article based on their unique take or life experiences. This isn’t to say those aren’t valid, for they are. However you might keep in mind the scope of the piece. People’s attention spans aren’t geared towards tomes, and every piece I write attempts to focus on a main point so that I can keep it a reasonable length. Where I have no knowledge, I don’t wander.

Good writers write about what they know, are intrigued by, and are interested in. As mental illness was present in my family in various forms and I was diagnosed with it myself, that interests me, as well as the prevalence of misdiagnosis for the purpose of shilling drugs where better life habits would do more good. A pill doesn’t cure loneliness, for example.

I wouldn’t pretend to speak to schizophrenia. There’s nothing in the piece that mentions it. While I understand your perfectly valid question, to my mind it doesn’t really apply to the intention of this piece. I might look for articles that specifically address this condition, as the term mental illness can be very broad (which of course is part of the problem).

I decry the overdrugging of the population without just cause. You can practically go into any doctor’s office with a torn fingernail and walk out with a prescription for Wellbutrin or Celexa.

When I was in my early teens, The Rolling Stones put out a hit called “Mother’s Little Helper” about the prevalence of Valium. Women were unhappy, the answer was pills. It still is but by several orders of magnitude greater. To me that’s criminal.

What you are talking about is a whole different ballgame. I’m not the writer for that kind of discussion; it’s over my pay grade. I value your inquiry but I couldn’t speak to it with any competence.

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