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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 11 2012: (Location: New Westminster / Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) Last time I read the Mental Health Act and DSM IV, the publicly told documents that the Psychiatry and Mental Health industry is built upon, there was no definition of health whatsoever, besides the concept of "managing" or "controlling" what they've defined as mental illness

    In the hypothesys of a pill curing the behaviour or thoughts labeled as "mental disease", whether self-displayed or claimed by surroundings (people, real or not evidence), a logical inquiry is:

    What is the "health" that is the end-result to be accomplished? (standard, expected behaviour, allowed thougts, what else would they include under an approved, written definition of mental health, normalcy or social acceptance)
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      Jul 12 2012: Anca, This question is derived from something from this talk by a woman who has endured mental illness. We are just wondering if others felt as she did.
      Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness -- from the inside - it is a great talk, and if you or others have not seen it - it is very worth watching.
      Your point is valid - what would such health look like but it is not within the scope of this question exactly and so we are not qualified to answer it.

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