„The global toll of mental illness and neurological disorders is staggering.“
— Joey Comeau writer 1980
Interview with Helen DeWitt, Author of The Last Samurai.
„On a global scale, the main problem is not the inflation of human life, but its ever-increasing, mindless over-valuation. Emphasis on the inalienable right to life of foetuses, premature infants and the brain-dead has become a kind of collective mental illness.“
— Pentti Linkola Finnish ecologist 1932
Can Life Prevail?: A Revolutionary Approach to the Environmental Crisis. page 132
— Ashley Montagu British-American anthropologist 1905 - 1999
Interview on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" promoting the latest edition of his book The Natural Superiority of Women (orig. 1952) Quoted in David Berg, Run, Brother, Run http://books.google.gr/books?id=FWwXuRNRup8C&dq=, Simon and Schuster, 2013, p. 242.
— Karl Kraus Czech playwright and publicist 1874 - 1936
— Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
Context: You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded. Conversation of 1947 or 1948
„Most of our future attempts to build large, growing Artificial Intelligences will be subject to all sorts of mental disorders.“
— Marvin Minsky American cognitive scientist 1927 - 2016
„It is customary to define psychiatry as a medical specialty concerned with the study, diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. This is a worthless and misleading definition. Mental illness is a myth. Psychiatrists are not concerned with mental illnesses and their treatments. In actual practice they deal with personal, social and ethical problems in living.
I have argued that, today, the notion of a person "having a mental illness" is scientifically crippling. It provides professional assent to a popular rationalization — namely that problems in living experienced and expressed in terms of so-called psychiatric symptoms are basically similar to bodily diseases.
Moreover, the concept of mental illness also undermines the principle of personal responsibility, the ground on which all free political institutions rest.“
— Thomas Szasz Hungarian psychiatrist 1920 - 2012
— Richard Carlson Author, psychotherapist and motivational speaker 1961 - 2006
— Peter J. Carroll British occultist 1953