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Thinly Disguised Mental Illness Shaming
on June 22, 2013
I purchased this book several years ago when I was desperate to attempt to find some sort of peace in my life. I bought an entire handful that day. For some reason I never got to this book. Having read through it today, I am very, very glad that I didn't.
"We have no guarantee that life will be one big, joyous party. All of human history and personal experience argue against that type of thinking The struggles of life make us strong and mature...Once I do away with the myth of mental illness, I immediately gain hope." (pg 70-71)
"Anxiety and depression are not diseases. They are not illnesses. They are thinking processes." (pg 72)
"Some severely depressed individuals have a lowered serotonin level. This drop has caused researchers to suggest that the lack of serotonin caused the depression. ... But the question still remains unanswered: Does a drop in serotonin actually cause depression? Let me lay a little bit of foundation. As you read any studies about this subject, use your critical thinking skills. The reports are full of words that are often misleading..." (pg 90) Note that he begins this chapter by discussing, in detail, the numerous old ways that insanity / mental disorders were diagnosed in the past. In short, Phillips implies that there is no such thing as chemical imbalances, and that neurotransmitters have no bearing on humanity's ability to function.
"Before doctors and psychologists created a host of psychological terms like 'neurosis' and 'psychosis,' how did people deal with difficulty and tragedy?...
*Get on with life
*Don't dwell on it
*Get out of the house
*Start helping others who are worse off.
*Read the book of Psalms" (pg 110)
The book is also filled with plenty of other hateful statements that are parading as helpful statistics:
"*Adult men who have had same-sex relations are five times more likely to commit suicide as heterosexual men.
*Heavy metal music and suicide share a strong tie.
* Obese women are 55% more likely to attempt suicide than women of normal weight." (pg 132)
This book also emphasizes Christianity and uses numerous examples from the Bible. That is perfectly fine; that did not offend me. However, this does alienate a significant portion of individuals suffering from depression and anxiety.
So basically, what Phillips wants you to believe, is that there is no such thing as true mental illness. Chemical imbalances in the brain aren't real, and you just need exercise, sunshine, Sunday school, and a perfect, hetero-normative lifestyle and POOF!
NOT recommended. NOT helpful. I was going to toss my copy in a box of books being donated to the library, but I plan to destroy it instead.