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  •  This is actually a major question (2+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, native

    To define mental "illness" you have to ask yourself--what is the "proper" or "appropriate" reaction to the world as it is?

    I would make the argument that in many ways, if you really SEE the de-humanization of people that our current system of materialistic consumerism that fuels horrible inequality for what it is and realize it's all around us and that you are actually participating in making it stronger--you SHOULD be depressed. You shouldn't "cope" with it, you should CHANGE it.

    But the problem is so big and on such a vast scale that most of us are powerless to change it--hence the feelings of learned helplessness (very well researched) and despair.

    "What is essential is invisible to the eye." www.thefoxfoot.com

    by greywolfe359 on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 09:56:26 AM PST

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    •  Yes, and we tend to define mental illness (1+ / 0-)
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      as a purely individual malady, but often it has much to do with the context in which it is manifested. There are latent causes that branch out into society at large.

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