What is Mental Illness?
Audio 8 of the “What is Depression” Podcasts

There is a very respectable body of academics and mental health practitioners who know full well that there is no such thing as mental illness. Go here in this website for more on this. But the conventional view remains immune to this obvious good sense.

Listen to this Eighth Audio of the “What is Depression” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.

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Audio 1: How Depression takes hold
Audio 2: Waking Up Exhausted
Audio 3: Twisted Ankle Fairy Story
Audio 4: Dreaming and Depression
Audio 5: Water Hose Metaphor
Audio 6: From Dreaming to Depression
Audio 7: Finding Trauma
Audio 8: What is mental illness?
Audio 9: Clearing Trauma
Audio 10: Examples of Rewind
Audio 11: Lacking Self Confidence
Audio 12: Flood metaphor for Depression
Audio 13: Sleep differences – Depression & Anxiety


Most mental and emotional difficulties are not illnesses. They are not caused by bacteria or viruses; they are not caused by a physical organ or brain failure or dysfunction, or by a genetic mutation or an unfortunate genetic inheritance.  They are not linked to a failure of the immune system or to a cancerous type cell failure.  There are no chemical or biological markers or scanning that can identify any mental illness.

Mental illnesses are a lack of emotional and cognitive fitness.  It can be put even more simply.  Most mental problems are the normal and predictable responses to a life that is not working too well.  Vicious circles are part of most mental problems, which in turn are the failure of our natural and automatic self equilibrating or healing – despite doing the best we can.  For most mental problems also there will also be somewhere down the line, the experience of a serious threat or traumatic memory that is still ever lingering and reactivating.  Clearly trauma can amplify vicious circles and disable our natural automatic self equilibrating capacities (or virtuous circle).


The full listing of the sixty Depression Podcasts

What is Depression podcasts
Depression Help podcasts
Client Stories podcasts
Good Counselling podcasts
Wellbeing podcasts


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