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Premature death among people with mental illness

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2969 (Published 21 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2969

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Re: Premature death among people with mental illness

Dear Editor,

One of the reasons for those with a diagnosis of mental illness still languishing in the long grass of indifference, ignorance and worse is because of the time-expired practice of dividing life and living into mental and physical domains in the first place. How is it possible to change ones mind, thinking or behaviour without there being an associated change in physical state? Further, the mind is embodied, not just embrained and changes in mind-state influence our entire physical body; similarly, changes in bodily state, or organ-system elements of it, influence our thinking and emotional state.

Unless and until we move on from Descartes and abandon the notion of our physicality being separate from, or differently originating our mentality, we will continue to stigmatise and discriminate against those who are some of the most physically distressed, disordered and diseased in our various nations.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr Chris Manning MRCGP

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 May 2013
Christopher L MANNING
Director
College of Medicine
Teddington, Middx, TW11 9HG