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Are mental illnesses only relatable thru’ direct observation, experience and anecdotal evidence?

Asked by 12_func_multi_tool (803 points ) May 3rd, 2010

It’s impossible (or is it possible) to describe the feelings and perceptions to anyone without training, even those suffering can only understand in good moments when they are in a lucid state. As a recognized disease (see DSM-IV) it could be dismissed as psychosomatic, but there is the contradiction, if it’s all in your head then doesn’t that lead back to a mental disorder? I’m ignoring the CT scans and MRI, and chemical imbalances. Fibromyalgia is a condition that is not understood, and someone without it could not see why this person is in pain without cause. Most people have been engrossed in a novel (I’m relating now with simile) isn’t that like a personal reality, even if the book is deep in the human experience, or universal? I can only state that an over active imagination (euphemism for behavioral health) is still part of the experience. Would you give symptoms that would give you a layman’s diagnosis of crazy, insane, mentally ill? However you would label it.

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poofandmook's avatar

I’m not entirely sure what you’re asking. Your question is sort of hodge-podge.

marinelife's avatar

Wow, it is a little hard to see what the real question is here. Since those in the details section are different from the actual question.

First, why would you ignore evidence such as CT scans. MRIs, and measurable chemical imbalances? That does not make any sense.

Secondly, observation is an actual medical technique. A trained practitioner can usually tell the difference between someone exhibiting symptoms of a diseased state and someone faking a diseased state.

janbb's avatar

Yeah – I’m just getting a lot of confusion from this. Maybe you can zero in on what you are really asking.

netgrrl's avatar

Many mental illnesses have proven biochemical origin.

It’s most certainly not all in your head.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

What I’m getting from this is “how do you diagnose ‘crazy’?”
Not being a psychiatric professional, I don’t have an expert opinion, but there has been a lot of research in the field for a variety of psychological disorders.
I think you have to objectively look at the symptoms and compare the symptoms to known psychological disorders.

Cruiser's avatar

Does a flower know it’s a flower?? Would someone with psychosis know or even care that they are marching to a different drummer for that matter?

poofandmook's avatar

Not sure if this is what you’re asking, but I knew something wasn’t right before I was diagnosed with general anxiety/panic disorder. Normal people don’t worry and dwell to the degree that I do, and normal people don’t need two hands to count the number of panic attacks they have in a year (or less).

12_func_multi_tool's avatar

It was just sort of experimental question, but thanks for reading and responding. I’ll try to clear it up and submit it again.

MissA's avatar

If the question would have been left to the heading, it might be more understandable…but, the more you typed, the more confused I became about what you were looking for. I agree with some of the above posts along the lines of, “Would a flower know…”

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