Most People With A Mental Disorder Are Happy

headA reminder that “normal” does not necessarily equal “happy”. Via BPS Research Digest:

It’s easy for us to slip into all-or-nothing mindsets. An example would be: a person has some psychological problems so their life must be miserable. But that’s a mistaken assumption. So argue a team of Dutch positive psychologists, who’ve studied over seven thousand people over a three year period.

Yes, those participants with a psychological disorder were less happy than those without, but the majority (68.4 per cent) of the mentally troubled said they “often felt happy” during the preceding four weeks. “The possibility of coexisting happiness and mental disorders is of clinical relevance,” write Ad Bergsma and his team. “A narrow focus on what goes wrong in the lives of the client and forgetting what goes well, may limit therapeutic results.”

8 Comments on "Most People With A Mental Disorder Are Happy"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | May 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm |

    Of course. 

    In order to assume the mantle of pseudo-scientific objectivity, the DSM has to base its criteria on socially accepted norms.  Yet how many slaves, especially those in the thrall of backwards-looking social conventions, can we honestly expect to be happy?

  2. Something I learned from my family:

    Whenever you can, it is much better to enjoy mental illness than suffer from it.

  3. guestnineoneone | May 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm |

    I’ve been diagnosed with a horrible degenerative mental illness, I do not fucking enjoy it. 

  4. DeepCough | May 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm |

    They’re happy because their mental disorder is essentially immaterial.

  5. with today’s general conditions, ya got to be mentally unhealthy to happy with this world

  6. Established Poster | May 24, 2012 at 6:08 am |

    I reject this science.  If I had been there for the testing and analysis of the data they would not have tried to pull this little scam.  

  7.  Maybe it’s because you have to have a mental disorder to be happy in this kind of world

  8. The happy pills work real well for me!!

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