I am curious about how you conceptualize mental illness and if those beliefs have changed over time. I was reading an article while preparing for a lecture on the beliefs of health professionals about mental illness and it made me think of my own. I have definitely changed over time and I think become less sure rather than more sure.
Do you see mental illness as solely medical model (e.g. a neurobiological illness). Do you see a sociocultural component (e.g. how we view those who are odd, quirky, eccentric,). Does mental illness stem from early years (e.g. abuse, trauma, neglect, attachment issues, parent modeling). What about spiritual factors (e.g. oppression, sense of worth, meaning, purpose, hope). What about a constructivist view (e.g. if you believe you are well and can function then should someone else be able to deem you ill).
When someone with a mental illness acts aggressively/antisocially (e.g. serial killer or psychotic break) what is behind that antisocial behavior. Why do some people act aggressively and others don't - where does that begin.
Where does personal responsibility meet mental illness? With cognitive distortions and altered perspectives and negative self-talk and delusions...how capable is one of making the best decisions for themselves even if competent.
I see how all these factors and likely others play into mental illness, sometimes trying to define it is like sand through my fingers. I used to be heavier on the medical model side but have shifted a little over time...
Interested in others thoughts on this..