Noah Rubinstein of Good Therapy always has interesting things to say professionally, and he’s not afraid to tackle the hard stuff.
I find myself agreeing with his take on disorders, labeling, and the pathologising of life experiences. Normalising is what we actually do. Or maybe I should just speak for myself.
As Noah writes in his excellent article,
In my experience, nearly every psychological syndrome, other than ones which are largely organic in etiology, is an orderly, strategic, and purposeful response to suffering. In other words, mental health issues are not disordered; they are ordered and normal responses that exist for the purpose of preventing the individual from being hurt again.
Sadly, people are diagnosed as “disordered,” promptly medicated, and expected to live the rest of their lives with ‘chronic’ mental illness.