Do you maybe think that the reason that these disorders are creeping up is that instead of "pharmaceuticals finding the cure," it's more a matter of a we've finally found the best way to fuck over our kids "in the name of helping them" situation? And that's not even factoring in the fact that we're finally starting to understand what chemicals and hormonal levels in the brain can do to someone...
A great way to make sure a kid gets OCD or ADD is to constantly supervise him in an environment where he's always learning in a scholarly manner. As in, not getting to aimlessly play outside/in groups... or in completely blunt terms: not giving the kids a childhood.
I think the best way to think of the milder conditions (which would exclude depression and schitzophrenia most definitely) in physical terms is... picture yourself missing a finger. Now, you're still a human being with basic needs and desires. You're still someone who can have a function in society. And you're still a person that can complete objectives. But you're gonna have to find a way to work with your disability. There's going to be things that you'll need to learn how to do differently, but that doesn't for a second mean that you can't do them. And that also doesn't mean that you can belittle a condition as, "well, everyone's got problems so get over it." That's completely ignorant and ridiculous on anyone's part to say.
Well said, although the whole "one finger missing" anglogy was bad. even without one extra finger people can still type well, hold objects, etc... no diffculity there at all. so that was an poor example to use, in my opinion.