I think to some extent I agree but it is nuanced. For me, a person who is on SSDI for the past 25 years and who is chronically depressed, anxious, awkward, nervous, has low self-esteem & confidence, intrusive thoughts and social phobia, and volatile emotions, I do feel disabled because I really can’t function, at the same time I don’t care for the stigma, nor do I subscribe to the notion that I have a disease. I actually have to go see the Psychiatrist tomorrow part of my regular I absolutely dread it because 1. I fear being forced medicated 2. I also know that I need my benefits and I can’t lose them and 3. Everything about going to the mental health care place is very depressing and discouraging to me. I haven’t taken psyche drugs for about 14 years now because of the side effects, I consider my body and mind a temple and they never helped me. I did take them for about 10 years before that. So, my solution to the dilemma would be 1. Unconditional Basic Income 2. Guaranteed Housing 3. Universal Health Care 4. Universal Services including access to a broad range of mental health care services (including exploring new ideas such as one described in “Mad in America” online magazine), but never imposed. In a system like this anyone who struggled with mental health and needed time off from work or less work would still have a basic income, health care and could access mental health services without having to accept a diagnosis if they don’t want one or having to adopt the identity of being disabled. Further no one would need to be means tested to see if they are eligible. Though I really struggle I could do more in my life if I wasn’t frustratingly stilted by eligibility issues. Also, people who need these services and support would be less likely to be judged and stigmatized as lazy or as malingerers since it would all be universal and no reason to complain by outside observers that receivers were unfairly receiving benefits. These eligibility issues would be irrelevant if income & housing was guaranteed and health care universal and there’d be no need to prescribe the label of “disabled” for mental health struggle, a person could simply say they struggle with mental/emotional health issues and leave it at that and function at their own pace.