Good morning! Today I write the section of my book on Mental Illness as related to eating disorders. Recall that when I first began my bulimic-free living, seven years ago, I declared that mental illness is a myth, identifying with the philosophies as set forth by Thomas Szasz. Wikipedia summarsies his stance best:
Szasz argued throughout his career that mental illness is a metaphor for human problems in living, and that mental illnesses are not real in the sense that cancers are real. Except for a few identifiable brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, there are “neither biological or chemical tests nor biopsy or necropsy findings for verifying or falsifyingDSM diagnoses”, i.e., there are no objective methods for detecting the presence or absence of mental illness. Szasz maintained throughout his career that he was not anti-psychiatry but was rather anti-coercive psychiatry. He was a staunch opponent of civil commitment and involuntary psychiatric treatment but believed in, and practiced, psychiatry and psychotherapy between consenting adults.- The Divine Wikipedia.
And to your likely disappointment, I shall NOT announce my position on whether or not I believe mental illness is real or “fake” at this time, perhaps not even in my book. I shall admit, however, that it no longer matters to me, if others think it is real or fake. That is the big thing. After years of spouting my mouth about my disbelief, I have opened my heart. I have made so many friends in this world of Instagram and blogging, and even off computer, and they completely claim mental illness, personality disorder, eating disorder (as a mental illness), depression (as mental illness), etcetera. It’s all about personal identification, language, and what makes you feel good as a human.
I shall mention this one tidbit: I do not consider a person to have suffered from an eating disorder to be a “victim.” The eating disorder is a choice. Not a condition. Yesterday a new friend said to me, “Your book sounds fabulous. I had a bulimic girlfriend and I really admire your recovery. Congrats!” I immediately replied with,
Thank you for your kind words on my bulimia. You’ve raised an interesting point and a huge discussion subject in my book. I do not believe in “recovery” from bulimia as I do not see the sufferer as a victim but rather as someone who chooses that life, as I did choose it. I rather use the word “healing” from. But tomato tomato. 😂🍅
So yes, that is my positioning nowadays on vocabulary as it pertains to anything. Tomato, Tomato. Think whatever the hell you want, so long as it’s in the pursuit of your own happiness.