I don’t believe in mental illnesses, never have, never will. Thank you so much for writing this. I’m so happy to see your perspective. I agree wholeheartedly and it gives me hope. Recently I was accepted into a training program for mental health peer support and I have been extremely disappointed to see that most of what we are being taught is designed to keep us in the system. They wanted us to share our stories to model recovery for others and from the start I struggled with this because my story is — I got off the pills ( after 34 years) got out of the therapists chair( spent more in copays then on groceries) , allowed the emotions, felt them pass through, became a space for the thoughts…this however goes against the “ norm” and the cherished DSM. I doubt I will ever be employed as a peer and I’m okay with that, I’m not drinking the kool aid today or any other day. I believe in the power of a healthy environment, I believe in a healthy diet, exercise, spending time in solitude and nature . I enjoy getting to know who I really am in the simplest way possible, not through a concept but through quite the opposite, just through being, the deeper more important level of all humans, all life on this planet.