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If one's mental illness could be cured by a single pill, would you choose to do so?

In the talk by Elyn Saks, Seeing Mental Illness, she mentioned that, if a complete and permanent cure was offered, she would take it.
I found this sentiment highly interesting for many reasons. I am a high-funtioning autistic person with Obsessive Compulsive disorder. My symptoms are not debilitating, but they have had a profound impact on the way I live my life. I'm no stranger to social rejection and high-anxiety.
That being said, if I were offered an complete and permanent cure for my condition... I can say that for my anxiety issues at least, I might be interested. However, despite the focus on a cure for autism in the public sphere, I would approach a cure for my autism with extreme reluctance. For myself, there is to deep a connection between what are considered to be clinical signs of autism and what I would consider to be my personality, my "self."
I suppose that this difference in opinion is related to our own individual experiences with the unique manifestations of our conditions. My own condition occationally strips me of control, but never in so stark a manner as discribed by Saks in her talk.
I would be interested in hearing others views on this topic.


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  • Jul 2 2012: I think Elyn Saks said it all when she said that her demons were so strong that they had chased all her angels away. I would not like to live in a world where demons exist but not angels, so I would take the pill.
    On the other hand, occasional psychic demons may increase creativity, a bit like a moderate dose of adreanaline can make your run faster. So if I had such kind of demons and angel I would write poems :o)
    • Jul 3 2012: Ha, yes, that was my understanding of her position as well. What a painful and terrible world, with more shadows and horror than can be borne. The shadows provide contrast and bring meaning to the light, but they are unbearable when there is no light to be found.

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