Oh to be a psychopath

We can suffer mentally when we think what we have done.

Oh to be a psychopath, for they have all the fun

A touch of mania brings great joy till you lose your credit cards.

Be grateful it’s an illness with symptoms painful, hard

Are you feeling anxious because you’re worried about your job?

You might be a failure but you can still bring love

Say good morning to the old as they shuffle down the street

We like to be acknowledged as we reach the last defeat

I have half a mind

Dear teacher, John will be late for school because he has got no mind today

I have borrowed it because I have lost Annette

Dear sir my son will not be coming to school till lunchtime because I can’t afford to give him any breakfast.

We can see lectures from there university of the third age on our phones while we share a raw onion Mary

0h dear,teacher Johnny is bringing my mind into school today . Please don’t let him lose it whatever you Sara

Dear teacher, Mary is menstruating today so do not give her a piece of your mind.

She is always in the back of mine and I intend to keep it that way but you can give her some free protection before she comes Lucy

Dear sir or madam, my offspring will be late coming to school today. They can’t decide whether they need breakfast M y mind is in state of torment I can say the same thing for my body since I got anorexia Dave

Where did you find your minds this morning? Were they on your book or were you enjoying some fantasies?

It doesn’t matter as long as you have a mind of your Katherine.

To the teacher

My children will be late for school today because they have driven me out of my mind and I have no petrol to drive back.

I hope you don’t mind as they are so privileged children in the class. Remind me soon


Dear madam it is on to have my children taught by you. Would you mind if I asked you out on a date because I have got no figs in the house. Tom

No such thing as mental illness? Critical reflections on the major ideas and legacy of Thomas Szasz


Arguing in The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct that they are merely ‘indirect forms of communication’,1 Thomas Szasz posited that so-called mental illnesses cannot legitimately be categorised as diseases. This launched an argument that Szasz would elaborate over the course of a prolific writing career that spanned more than 50 years. Szasz repudiated psychiatry’s misappropriation of concepts such as ‘illness’, which he took to be relevant to medicine and its ‘physicalist framework’2 but not to matters of mind and human conduct. In The Myth of Mental Illness,1 after arguing that virtually any entity can have a counterfeit version, Szasz articulated his views with characteristic iconoclasm, contending that only physical illnesses are real and that mental diseases are ‘counterfeit and metaphorical illnesses’ (p. 34). Illnesses are understood, according to Szasz,3 with respect to deviation from a norm, and in the case of physical illness the norm refers to the structural or functional integrity of the body or some aspect of it. But the norm – deviation from which results in so-called mental illness – is altogether more problematic for Szasz; this

But the norm – deviation from which results in so-called mental illness – is altogether more problematic for Szasz; this norm is a ‘psychosocial and ethical one’.3 With this as the case, first, the search for a medical remedy seems poorly justified, and second, the points where diagnostic lines are drawn are bound, according to Szasz, to be somewhat arbitrary.

Szasz did not deny that humans have difficulties but he preferred to conceptualise them not as mental illnesses or as diseases, but as ‘problems in living’.1 Nor did he deny psychiatrists a role in assisting individuals with problems. Psychiatrists could have a legitimate role to play but the ideal relationship between psychiatrist and patient, for Szasz, should be based on consensual contract rather than coercion. Second, the psychiatrist cannot justifiably claim that only he

Opinion | Prolonged Grief: A Mental Disorder, or a Natural Process? – The New York Times


I’m sure many people have suffered from bereavement even when they are quite young. Maybe when you are still working and you have colleagues and friends it helps you to overcome the grief. But what about how long we are allowed to grieve before we are told we are mentally ill if we have not recovered in 6 months or here

And can you recover from grief? Depends on the person and how long have you known them;if you were married for 40 years then it will take a long time to build a new life.

I don’t think you recover from grief but if you are fortunate you can learn to live with it.

It’s more painful when people close to you criticise you and say you should be over it.

Surely it’s not a moral evil to grieve for longer than some people expect you to

Nor is it  sadistic. We are not wilfully inflicting pain on those around us because we can’t hide the sadness in our hearts

Why can’t we accept sorrow is a valid part of life?

I wonder if it’s hard nowadays to believe that other people are as real as we are and the way that they are feeling is not aimed at making us uncomfortable this is simply a natural condition of life at certain times. It is we who are being sadistic when we criticise people for being sad

An Upside to Envy, and a New Reason for That Commandment – The New York Times


Traditionally, envy is linked with the eyes,” Dr. Smith said, noting that the word comes from the Latin “invidere,” which mean to look at with malice, or cast an “evil eye.” Just as an invidious comparison is by definition bad, so is envy defined by some psychological researchers to be inherently malign.