Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Comments by Ajit

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  • We believe that the dysfunction caused by illness is real no matter what the condition is called and that at times medications do help. However, the fragmentation and schisms that are so frequent with conditions like schizophrenia cannot probably be addressed by drugs alone. For a mental resynthesis to come about, considerable effort has to be expended in evaluating what the root cause of distress is. For this, an honest appraisal of what constitutes the self is likely as important as any diagnoses or medications. The debate of what the ‘I’ is has been going on for millenia. Centuries ago, there were no psychiatric diagnoses, however, there was dysfunction and illness which many attempted to address. ‘Emptiness’ was a radical way to look at existential angst as well as mental illness, and could be just as important in modern times:

  • Strangely enough, the uncertainty about the prospect of recovery is glossed over. Like you have pointed out recovery is ideal, however, there are many who battle on going symptoms and residua by acknowledging that not everything is right or even normal. There is a great deal of emphasis placed on certainty and conformity to what is supposedly normal and this itself might be counterproductive in the mental health context because not much in the mind realm is understood. Our faculties themselves are inexplicable, our characteristics changeable, leaving “illness’ a very very dynamic phenomenon! Perhaps acknowledging uncertainty in consumer prognosis as well as the setting of goals within policy making might lead to a ‘plasticity’ that is healthier. The reasons behind another inexplicable human movement such as spiritual seeking is completely unexplained, and we believe that empirical evidence isn’t the only way to the resolution of mental anguish!!

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  • Hi! i was wondering if the terms mind-body medicine cover the Various Buddhist approaches of psychosocial well being. Irrespective of the difficulty in conducting research in such realms, there is ample empirical and anecdotal evidence that nothing short of a complete overhaul in processing related to the ‘sense of self construct’ is needed for preventing or modifying psychopathology. There are virtually no studies done on the prevalence of mental illness on those who practice say mahayana buddhism or perhaps live in monasteries. From what little I know, it is negligible. Eastern philosophical ideology often stresses on constructs like dependant arising and emptiness that virtually do away with any separate sense of self without adopting any particular religious flavor. I am almost certain that such approaches while not researched would benefit many who are looking for ‘peace’ amidst the ‘noise’! While little is known on the mechanisms of the potential benefits, many recovery specialists have stressed the importance of undergoing a radical paradigm shift in the notions of suffering or mental illness. Please see: