I'm really quite sick of the way certain parties on here (& elsewhere) state that mental illness is a "choice". You apparently "choose" to be depressed, bipolar, schizophrenic, borderline, what have you.
And recovery is also a "choice". If you do what Dr Phil/David Burns/Oprah/etc tells you to do, you will recover, apparently.
What a load of crap.
Mental illness is as real as diabetes, heart disease or any other *biological* illness.
Just because it's "mental" doesn't mean it's *imaginary*, but some people seem unable to make that distinction.
The fact is, mental illness is real, & while Dr Phil may help a mildly depressed person with the means to treat themselves well, you try that approach with a homeless schizophrenic, & I think you'll see unsatisfactory results.
I speak from experience, & I don't see how anyone who hasn't experienced severe, persistent mental illness (& the usual accompaniment, grinding poverty) can say that all I (& other ill people) need to do is join a gym, read "Feeling Good" & have an aromatherapy bath, & I/we will be all better.
Let's leave the fuzzy Chicken Soup for the Soul self-help for the mentally well people who are feeling a little down. Nothing wrong with that.
Next time you feel like belittling a seriously mentally ill person whose life has been derailed by symptoms, side effects, hospitalizations & stigma, why not just bite your tongue.
Real mental illness is life-threatening & needs serious treatment, not ignorance & lectures.