[Off-topic] Requests author discusses MentalHealthError exception

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Mon Feb 29 12:33:50 EST 2016

Rustom Mody <rustompmody at gmail.com> writes:

> On Monday, February 29, 2016 at 10:26:32 PM UTC+5:30, Ben Finney wrote:
> > Ian Kelly  writes:
> > 
> > > On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 9:21 AM, Larry Martell  wrote:
> > > > I found this to be a very sad story. Sure, he had some issues, but I
> > > > don't think they needed to drug him, and take all that he had
> > > > learned away from him and turn him back into what he was before.
> > >
> > > "All that he had learned" meaning his delusions and psychoses?
> > 
> > Indeed. If a revelation is unconnected to reality, it's misleading to
> > say that one has "learned" it.
> And who is the last arbiter on that 'reality'?

A nice academic question. Not appropriate when we're discussing a real
person's psychotic episodes. Neither you nor I are experts in whether an
experience is psychosis, and the person already has an expert diagnosis.

So please don't de-rail into the weeds of second-guessing an expert in
mental health. Unless you know the person's mental health better than
their doctor (and you do not), don't second-guess the diagnosis they

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Ben Finney

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