How to NOT manage mental illness
Ignore it, call it a frailty
of our resilience, confuse it with
a fleeting worry or sadness, blame
witchcraft, black-magic or a Jinn.
Mystify it. Call it
an illness of soul, use
Cartesian Dualism to explain it,
separate it from the brain.
Let every Tom, Dick, and Harry,
to philosophise, to float
an expert opinion, about
its causes and treatment.
Invent an artificial
fence, create a stigmatising barrier,
between our mental
and physical health.
Leave it, for healing, at the mercy
of celestial bodies, quacks
Use, a priestly, vocabulary like
mind, body and soul,
to promote the ghost in the machine,
to promote the supernatural mindset.
( Javed Latoo is a senior medical practitioner based in the UK. In his spare time, Dr Latoo writes poetry as a hobby. His poems have been published in literary journals and magazines ( both print and online) as well as in anthologies. Dr Latoo likes to use poetry to explore the philosophy of life, mental health and neuroscience. He likes to write in the language of ordinary people, about their ordinary thoughts and about their ordinary insights.)
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