Many years ago, Thomas Szasz largely convinced me that mental illness is radically different from ordinary physical illness. In economic terms: People with physical illness have unfavorable constraints; people with mental illness have socially disapproved preferences. Physical illness is about what you're able to do; mental illness is about what you want to do. Yes, it's generally bad manners to loudly call attention to this distinction. Even though "I can't come to your party" usually means, "I would rather do something else with my time," it's impolite to say so. The same goes for "I can't stop drinking" or "I just can't manage to show up for work on time."But what about really weird cases? Perhaps
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