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Unread 11-01-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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My friend's boyfriend is convinced, and trying to convince me that mental illness does not exist, and are invented by pharmaceutical companies to make money. He does not believe that his often suicidal girlfriend who has bipolar, needs to be on meds, even though she has said she believes she should.
I told him that if you don't have mental illness, you can't understand how it feels, and that my meds help me a lot. He said I'm brainwashed.
How do I deal with this ignorance?


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Unread 11-01-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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Honestly? Ignore it. There's usually no changing the minds of people like that. They're just as set in their beliefs as people who believe everything tragic that occurs is a conspiracy.
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He gets his medical knowledge from Tom cruise. If I were you I'd ignore him but I am concerned for your friend. It isn't very supportive for her at all.
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He gets his medical knowledge from Tom cruise. If I were you I'd ignore him but I am concerned for your friend. It isn't very supportive for her at all.
Exactly, and his opinion is all that she needs is support, (how ironic) not drugs. Oh, and weed. Apparently that's better than meds.


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You should tell him you agree with everything he is saying.
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My mother is similar to this. She believes mental illnesses (other than actual psychosis) are just weaknesses in people and not actually a real illness. It can be totally cured if I stopped being so weak. Unfortunately there's no reasoning with these people. They won't back down and they won't understand what it's like. Best to just nod your head and then walk away
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Believing in conspiracy theories, hmm, where have I heard that before
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Well, the DSM is created by people (many of whom have ties to the pharmaceutical companies) so the disorders as we know them don't necessarily reflect the pathology or disturbance in every single person. It is something designed to aid in helping something that is very real and naturally occurring--human distress.
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