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Association between provision of mental illness beds and rate of involuntary admissions in the NHS in England 1988-2008: ecological study

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3736 (Published 05 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d3736

What is mental illness?

Mental illness is emotional sensitivity to life's pain and pitfalls.
This sensitivity is a mixed blessing, because it predisposes to both
illness and insight. Sometimes, "mentally ill" people have special
insights that "normal" people lack. So let's not be too quick to diagnose
and treat the "signs and symptoms" of "mental illness." Instead, let's
listen, learn, comfort, and support, but not stigmatize, ostracize,
marginalize, or hospitalize. Sensitivity is creativity, not negativity.

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 July 2011
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA