By Jay Watts

April 12, 2017

 

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When people ask whether mental illness is real or not, my suspicion is that

they really mean: does mental illness have a physical, material cause, in

the same way as cancer or a broken leg? Can it be tested for, diagnosed and

treated with the same certainty as a physical disease? Whatever the answer

to that question, it should cast no doubts or aspersions on the very real

suffering of people with mental health problems.