I and many other survivors of mental ill health and the psychiatric system don't believe there is such a thing as 'mental illness'. We refused to believe it when we had episodes of mental distress and were subsequently psychiatrically drugged, sometimes forcibly. And still we didn't believe it and recovered, completely.
Therefore if we are right and there isn't such a thing or psychiatric construct as mental illness then why do we need brain surgery for it? As in, removing the bits of brains that have feelings and experience emotional pain. I think that's what it does although I'll have to wait until I've had a meeting with the NMD specialists at the Advanced Interventions Service, Ninewells Hospital, before I can confirm the ins and outs of it. [watch this space]
I'm not a scientist although I am someone who likes to know what the truth of a situation is. As far as that can be assessed. For I know that nothing is absolute or provable, in science or in life. And sometimes it is just a matter of opinion, or one opinion against another. But with brain surgery I really want it to be more than an opinion. Because the procedure cannot be reversed, it's irreversible.
Does it mean then that real recovery from mental ill health and mental distress requires a disbelief in mental illness? To get out of the psychiatric system and out from under the psychiatric label then we have to refuse to be called mentally ill and resist the treatment? That makes sense to me because it was my experience and story of navigating the system.