Social anxiety. Insomnia. OCD. Depression. ADHD.
I didn’t even know I had all these ailments until a friend enlightened me. So, I looked up symptom checklists and they looked very similar to the following:
- Strong feelings
- Social withdrawal
- Defiance of authority
- Denial of problems
It seems incomplete to me however, as they forgot to add “breathing.” Don’t get upset yet–I know that there are very real mental disorders, and there’s a lot of science to back them up, but I do think that they’re hugely over diagnosed. Having personality, feelings, and struggles, are not symptoms of disorders; they’re part of the package deal of being a living, breathing, healthy, human being.
I think there are three main things wrong with our culture that lead to this over-diagnosis:
- We try to numb pain instead of face it.
- We would rather blame our behavior on an uncontrollable disorder than a controllable behavior.
- We forget what our lifestyle is supposed to be like because we live in this advanced state of the 21st century.
Anyway, here are a few articles I read that are food for thought, and I’d love to hear your opinions.