"...Families coping with severe cerebral palsy or dementia don't have to deal with professionals and academics who aren't sure that the disorders exist. Funded organizations designed to help with these disorders can focus on increasing access to the best treatments.
Schizophrenia and many mental illnesses, however, are highly politicized conditions. Academics in Mad Studies, for example, argue that mental illnesses aren't real and that people "labelled" with these disorders are just experiencing intense forms of normal human distress. Key figures in this field advocate for the abolition of psychiatry. The families I know have relied on contemporary psychiatry to help their family members escape the agony of the psychotic part of their illness..."