Why Ordinary Madness?

Is suffering our natural state as subjects? Or has the cultural influences of psychiatry given a lot of us identities as disordered?

Cultural attitudes are shifting, it is much more acceptable now  to discuss the fact that we suffer. But what has stigma and repression since time immemorial done to the mainstream discourse and thought about our internal worlds?

Freud spoke about transforming neurotic misery into common unhappiness. His language is obviously of its time, but are we as a society disavowing this and taking ourselves on a fool’s errand to look for a cure-all to the “Global crisis of depression?” (WHO).


8 thoughts on “Why Ordinary Madness?

  1. Thank you for your posts. I found our posts very thought provoking. I have worked in the mental health field in a home type environment assisting individuals to lead a typical life within the community setting. Many of the people were diagnosed with disorders and had behavioral management plans put in place that we would follow to de-escalate outbursts and manage anxiety. I have blogged about some of the common or “ordinary” redirection of the angry or aggressive thoughts that we found to be successful. I also have found frustration in some cases were it appeared that a mental health diagnoses seemed to be used as an excuse for simple ordinary lack of respect and selfish greed. I hope you don’t mind if I include a link to the posts here. https://carmelasnelbaker.com/2013/08/22/1092/ Feel free to comment I would be interested in hearing your thoughts and opinions. https://carmelasnelbaker.com/2014/08/09/turning-a-meltdown-into-songfest/
    With Respect, Hope, Joy and Love, Carmela


  2. I agree with what you seem to be saying, that too much of natural human emotion and struggles are now classified as a disease. Sometimes it’s empowering for people to tell themselves they’re having a bad day, or they’re under the weather. That’s not to trivialize chronic states of depression, which are real and debilitating, however. You bring up fascinating discussions.

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    • It’s that middle ground isn’t it between not denying peoples pain, but not classifying it as a disease either. Disease isn’t the best term either as a lot of problems are described as disorders, which is actually a cluster of symptoms.

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