The way we as a society conceive of mental illness matters…It affects our moral instincts about what it is to be human…The real dilemma is faced by our society. It is whether we will allow the seductions of the vulgarized biomedical model to overcome our own responsible commitment to a complex view of human life…whether to understand [the mentally ill] only as the detritus of a broken brain or also as people whose suffering implicates us, whose struggles are resonant with our struggles, whose complexity and depth demand that we see their suffering as engaged in the struggle to be decent, responsible people.
We are so tempted to see ourselves as fixable, perfectible brains. But the loss of our souls is a high price to pay.” —T.M. Luhrmann, Of Two Minds: The Growing Disorder in American Psychiatry (via psychotherapy)