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How The False Stories of Mental Illness Can Steal Your Life. Part 3

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In Part 3 of this series I will discuss the differences between a relationship with a Psychotherapist or other mental health professional that will help rather than hurt those seeking help for emotional pain, difficult relationships or problems realizing a life that is creative and emotionally fulfilling. I will describe what to expect and look for in a relationship that goes beyond the destructive moral labels of psychiaric diagnoses and is based on person to person interactions defined by mutual respect, honesty, openess and lacking in any forms of coercion and intimidation. I refer to the former as psychotherapy which pretends to be a form of medicine and the latter as psycho"therapy" which recognizes, in one way or another, that the interaction is medical in name only. I will argue that many professionals do practice psycho"therapy" inspite of defining their efforts with medical terms such a "therapy," "patient," "mental illnesses and disorders," "symptoms" and the like.