One of the usual methods of attack against me and my effectiveness is to attack my mental health status. The left wing, and more recently the ferals on the West Coast, like to say that because I suffer from a mental illness then somehow what I say can be discounted as the mad rambling of a mental idiot.
I have never hidden or shied away from honesty around my depression. My belief is that other can learn from it and they do. Several times a month people email me or phone to discuss my past posts on depression and medication. That honesty and openess though is often held against me.
Madness and irrationality may seem inextricably related. âYou are crazy!â we say, when someone tells us about their risk-taking behaviour or their self-defeating actions. TheÂ International Classification of DiseasesÂ (ICD-10) and theÂ Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental DisordersÂ (DSM-5) describe people with depression, autism, schizophrenia, dementia, and personality disorders as people who infringe norms of rationality. But not all people diagnosed with a mental disorder behave irrationally, and not all people who behave irrationally are diagnosed with a mental disorder.Â Read more »