I know why some people don't think mental illness exists. On one hand, mental illness, as I've said before, is something that cannot be imagined by most neurotypical people. On the other, people distrust psychiatrists. This is possibly justified, as there are a lot of bad psychiatrists compared to the amount of bad doctors of other specialities, but in no way does that mean you can draw the conclusion "a lot of X either don't actually solve problem Y or simply hand out drugs (that may solve problem Y), therefore, problem Y doesn't actually exist". Psychiatrists go through years of medical school. This is completely unnecessary, because psychiatry is a new profession, and is mainly based on techniques that could be learnt by a monkey anyway (I would probably respect psychiatrists more if they were combined psychiatrists AND psychologists). Regardless, though it may all seem like one big government conspiracy, and yes I agree, the governments of almost every country on Earth is run by idiotic sociopaths, but in no way does this mean that the problem, the PROBLEM THAT CREATED A NEED FOR PSYCHIATRISTS IN THE FIRST PLACE, does not actually exist. Do you know what grief is? Feel something like grief, feel it for little reason, or because of a crippling childhood event long in the past, and feel it for everyday for the rest of your life. This is a simple explanation of depression, and as such you should be able to tell from this: people who have such a problem are mentally unwell. They are in pain, and need to be cured - not told that what they are feeling is normal, and that the big bad government is trying to censor your normal perfectly healthy thoughts.
Yes psychiatry sometimes classifies harmless things as mental illnesses (like homosexuality, for example - though it's been removed from the DSM now). They have created new X that do not actually exist. You can't conclude from that statement, old X do not actually exist. That would be absurd, right? So the next time you find yourself thinking "Mental illness can't possibly have any basis in reality - we're all happy, right guys? I don't see anyone with a mental illness here", read a book on mental illness, or better yet, read a real-time blog, like Pandora's. If you still cling to the idea that it's one grand conspiracy perpetrated by the