The whole idea of being in control of our minds...
I suspect it is also that we consider our minds to be us.
If my leg is broken then my leg is broken, if my mind is broken then I am broken.
I also find it interesting that we search for reasons for our problems. Natural for us to seek cause and effect, and I can certainly point to experiences which contributed to my condition but perhaps that is also rooted in the false conception that the brain can't become mis-wired. That somehow we are at fault for not being in control of our minds unless we can provide a reason. That is not to play down the horrendous experiences many people have had which has led to where they are today. I am suggesting that this is the wrong focus because it is rooted in the desire to place blame, as if we should reject ourselves and apologise for who we are.
I have had some interesting comments from otherwise intelligent people in real life recently, such as; 'You can't be depressed because you are not that type of person'. I think part of that is ignorance, part is the desire to believe it can't happen to you but part is also the belief that the mind is somehow divorced from our physical brain. I also think there is often confusion between the idea of the personality and the idea of the soul. You guys are religious. Am I right in thinking those two are entirely different?
For me, the mind and body are one system. The mind is as subject to illness as any other part. I also find it interesting that the more neuro-science research is done the more the evidence seems to stack up that our conscious mind is not in control, even for 'healthy' people. That most decisions are made and behaviours rooted somewhere in the subconscious. Thoughts, feelings and behaviours which give short term benefit can become wired in and persist even when they cause us harm. As everyone on this site probably knows all too well.
The ideas that we just need to pull ourselves together or that I as an entity is somehow weak or faulty is entirely wrong and one I reject. These days I have no shame about being mentally ill any more than I am ashamed of having a cold.
Sorry for the ramble on your thread Em. Became a bit stream of consciousness but I do think I am fumbling around the edge of an interesting concept, even if I can't clearly put it into words right now.