Criticism of the criticism of the criticism
The last words of this article are that lithium addresses some psychiatric disorders, and is ineffective the rest of the time, and that schizophrenia is in genes. Ergo, there are physiological differences, ergo, those are diseases, not eccentricities.
But this only reinforces Szazs's thesis: psychotherapy is an instrument of social control based on eugenism or scientific reductionism!
To address the critique, it would be better to emphasise that some of those eccentrics do ask for help (it's in the article, but it deserves more space; the problem of the inability to ask for help comes with it). One can live exceptionally fulfilling lives (albeit eccentric) with the genes and neurophysiological signature of schizophrenia or bipolarity. And then, things become complicated. Social support vanishes, the brain, which was only different, shows signs of degeneration and atrophy -- handicaps appear.
In other words, there's a timeline. It is unquestionable that those eccentrics should not be "normalized". Or otherwise, let's say right away that the future of psychology is in eugenics...
Pierre-Alain Gouanvic 01:25, 16 September 2008 (CDT)