What's so funny about mental illness?

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+5 1. Bumfighter commented 8 years ago

The body and brain works in so cool ways i'm missing words for it. Go Nature you rock :D
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-1 2. millybert69 commented 8 years ago

whats so funny about Ruby Wax?
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+3 3. kekke2000 commented 8 years ago

So murderers are the ones that are clean in the head. They let the adrenaline make their decisions. I knew Charles Manson was smart but I never really could accept he was sane.
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+3 4. Akira commented 8 years ago

I'm sorry she also has a mental illness, but honestly, I don't think this is a sufficient reason to bother people with her incoherent utterings.

Seriously, this is hard to watch.
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+5 5. ringmaster commented 8 years ago

We are in many ways equal to animals, not to a knowledge that and to suppress and oppress primal feelings and reactions will make us depressed. I appreciate that someone dares to confront this issue. In our technological age we 'are supposed to' get input all the time and to stay connected to the rest of the world. But our social and technological adjustment and our biological adjustment are not at the same pace, which may be very destructive. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
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+2 6. imagic commented 8 years ago

you will get a mental illness when you watch this woman to much. the worst part of her mental illness is that she thinks she is funny. I think this is not a subject to make fun of on this level, i am used to get better things from TED.
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+3 7. Spartan118 commented 8 years ago

I kinda felt bad when everyone stood up at the end cheering cause... I dont understand what point she was trying to make :/
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-1 8. Natan_el_Tigre commented 8 years ago

#7 The point that she is trying to make is that anxiety is a "natural" mechanism that motivates "pattern perception" so as to ensure our survival.

In our ancient past, reality was largely phenomenological. However, with time came learning and "consensus":

"What appears in consciousness is an absolute reality while what appears to the world is a product of learning," Clark Moustakas

In other words, dis-ease, or as she refers to it, "mental illness", is a matter of choice (think alcoholism versus a true disease such as Alzheimer’s). And if we fail to learn from the wisdom of consensus, whether through compulsive distraction from or delusional interpretation of reality in an attempt to avoid change—or by simply lacking opportunity (think abused children or citizens of underdeveloped countries)—then we are apt to suffer from dis-ease.

For her sake, I hope she practices what she preaches and one day learns her way off the lamotrigine, sertraline, and reboxetine. After all, it is her ability to respond—her response-ability—that will determine whether she attains good health or merely succumbs to dis-ease.
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-2 9. Judge-Jake commented 8 years ago

#8 You are an idiot (think person who has experianced depression versus you)learns her way off Lamotrigine sertraline, M.a,o,i lithiam! A matter of choice!O.M.G!!!!!
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+2 10. Chrythes commented 8 years ago

#8 Alcoholism, Schizophrenia, Psychosis and other are a matter of choice?
Are you insane? Even depression has a very strong biological mechanism that you can't sort out only by receiving psychotherapy and making yourself think about flowers and hippies. Stating that these disorders are not diseases, and that it's a mere choice is insulting and ignorant.
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+4 11. Trooper commented 8 years ago

Ok for another point of view:

We live in the modern world where it is relatively safe, though our brains are technically identical to those of a caveman who lived in a very dangerous time.

Our world has changed faster than our brain can adapt. Our safe world has changed the way we perceive danger and has gone from being afraid of a tiger all the way to being afraid of missing a credit card payment or missing a phone call.

Basically, what kept us alive in the past, the mechanism that made us protect ourselves from danger, is making us sick. Because there is virtually no real danger left we use the same mechanism to deal with trivial things. It's like using a sledgehammer to fix a broken cell phone.
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+2 12. LobsterKing commented 8 years ago

I would have been a lot more attentive if she had just given this talk with less of her.
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-3 13. Judge-Jake commented 8 years ago

#11 No it isn't! I think you will find, if you think about it that this is not a less dangerous place or time to live than when Frank Caveman was around. No Guns, No knives, No Rap music, No teenagers! No pollution, No Drunk Drivers, No Terrorists, No Religion, No Alcohol, No Drugs, No Michael Mcintyre >:)
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0 14. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

True, LobsterKing, agree with you. :)