A recent article in Health News From NPR asks the question: "Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?" Other than the possible minimizing effects of using quotes around the term, this article does nothing but reify a concept in a very misleading and potentially dangerous way. It adds to a long line of others that perpetuate the myth of mental illness, and in particular the recent technological phenomenon of social media over the Internet. This article is an example of how mental health professionals are notorious for over-complicating human behavior. Instead of focusing on real life problems teens face in an increasingly compliance oriented and superficial world, they obsesses about what is the correct “disorder”. Then the “disorder” is the focus of investigation instead; meaning that something is wrong with the teen. To quote the DSM, it is “…a dysfunction in the individual.” It is the dysfunction “in” that causes the behavior. And this leads to meaningless questions as posed in the article, like “when does an obsession become an addiction?” Would it be better to think of these professionals having a “diagnosis addiction”?...
October 6-8, 2017
Mental Health: Considering Context in Human Suffering
The Warfighter Advance
ISEPP is sponsoring the Warfighter Advance, a unique and humane program for helping veterans and military deal with traumatic experiences without resorting to the medical model. One of our Board members, Mary Neal Vieten, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of The Advance. ISEPP is given a 90-minute spot during each retreat to explain the smoke and mirrors of the mental illness industry. Please take a look at the wonderful work they're doing.
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