Re: Is mental illness the issue?
From: Kay Argyle (argylemines.utah.edu)
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 16:52:04 -0600 (MDT)
Leaving aside the question of whether a person who is "difficult" is
mentally ill --

Mental illnesses are a physical disability like any other, as witness the
fact that CAT scans show differences in brain structure and activity, that
various illnesses are treatable by drugs, that they are sometimes at least
partially heritable, etc.  Like other disabilities mental illnesses come in
a wide range, from mild enough that the person compensates for it so well
nobody even realizes they have a disability, to severe enough to require
round-the-clock clinical care.

People have argued "This [cohousing] isn't a therapy group" etc.  If you
accommodate other disabilities, sometimes at considerable inconvenience and
expense, how do you justify singling out mental illness for
non-accommodation?

Kay

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