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Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 01:01:17 +0100
Archived: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:16:34 -0400
Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

Contributors to and readers of this thread might like to
consider the following points:

- Mental illness is as common and ubiquitous as physical

- Like physical illness, mental illness exists on a spectrum
from the extremely mild (often unnoticed) to the extremely

- Everybody suffers from from mental illness: mild aversions and
phobias are forms of mental illness.

- It is an unfortunate social convention that mental illnesses
are generally only recognised as such when the resultant
dysfunction reaches a certain level of nuisance to other

- Societal sanctions against the extreme nuisance caused by some
forms of severe mental illness are so draconian that there is a
general background fear of being classified as mentally ill.
This fear results in the stigma commonly attached to mental

- The stigma attached to mental illness acts as a strong social
barrier to the recognition, discussion and understanding of
mental illness.

- The terms used for types and classes of mental illness often
conceal the 'spectrum nature' of the phenomenon and disguise its

I would draw particular attention to the concept of 'nuisance'
in all of this. When issues of mental illness are raised in
connection with highly unusual experiences, it is always worth
standing back from the bare facts of the experience and pausing
to consider this factor and the ways it which can affect what is
reported, how (or whether) it is reported, and resultant responses.

Gerald O'Connell

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