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What Is the Difference Between 'Traditional' and 'Radical' Mental Health Views?

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I don’t think anyone in my life would ever describe me as a radical person. Not that being radical is necessarily a bad thing, but if I’m speaking honestly, when I hear of people with radical beliefs, I become skeptical — quickly.

And while I certainly stand up for what I believe in, I don’t think any of my views are exceptionally “out there.”  Given my passion for mental health activism, I was instantly intrigued when I first heard of “radical mental health.” It was only a few months ago, and from a leader in this field with lived experience who I respect and think highly of, so I decided to dig deeper.

And I was honestly shocked by what I found. What Are “Traditional” Mental Health Beliefs? The side of mental health activism I’m familiar with holds some of the following beliefs: Mental illness is an illness, it’s not “all in your head.” A combination of therapy and medication is generally the preferred treatment if possible.

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