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the difference between emotional illness and mental illness

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following on from a thread and mp3 link that nemesis posted...heres the mp3 link

thanks to nemesis for this link,hope you dont mind me starting a new thread about this...

anyway ! i listened to this last night and it was very interesting but i got kind of worried when the woman called in an expert to answer some questions on symptoms anxiety and agrophobia are symptoms of 'fear of fearful feelings' i can relate to this as its only my weird sensations that keep me on high alert but what worried me was she asked the expert what is the difference between mental illness and anxiety/agrophobia...

his reply went something like this

'anxiety agrophobia and brief spells of unreality and detachment are an emotional illness,when someone is in a constant state of detachment and unreality then that is a mental illness'

so i guess(which scares me)we are all considered mentally ill,i for one feel detached all of the time and a bit spaced out

didnt fill me with hope i must admit
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I experience DP/DR *only* within an anxiety attack. It is an intrinsic part of an anxiety attack for me.

I think the person who have his opinion is incorrect. He may have meant the difference between *psychological* illness and *organic* illness. There is no distinction that I know of that's made between emotional illness and mental illness. And there can be both psychological and organic illness present.

If you were in any danger of becoming psychotic, you would not object to your experiences of what's being called DP/DR. Psychotic people do not question what they are experiencing.

So, relax about that.
Not all delusions make you psychotic. If you see things and hear things that aren't there, you're psychotic, but if you have the opinion that you're an ugly monster, you will be told that's a delusion, but you're still not psychotic (technically, that is).
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