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Mental health is a subject about which people have passionate, and at times sharply divergent, opinions. We try to sample a wide range of opinion on mental health treatment, policy, the current state of research, the rights of persons with mental illness, diagnosis, and other contentious issues.

Is Mental Illness Real?

Is mental illness real? It’s a question as old as the idea of mental illness itself. Most famously addressed in the 1961 book, The Myth of Mental Illness, psychiatrist Thomas Szasz argues that the idea of classifying difficulties as “illnesses” takes away personal agency.

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