We believe it is not. All our experience using Re-evaluation Counseling with former and current “mental patients” has shown that they discharge and re-evaluate like everyone else. Further, the phenomena that lead to diagnoses of “mental illness” can’t be seen under a microscope or identified by a blood test. The genetic theory of “mental illness” is scientifically unproven, even though it is a main justification for the use of psychiatric drugs.
Members of the same family get labeled with “mental illness” often because they have not had the chance to heal from old hurts that get passed down inadvertently from parent to child. People raise their children in ways similar to how they were raised. When people are treated/mistreated similarly they often show similar struggles, leading some observers to hypothesize a genetic cause.
Some studies have attempted to prove genetic causes of “mental illness,” but none have been conclusive. It is impossible to study “mental illness” scientifically when there is no proof that it even exists, and when there is no agreement on what “mental illness” is. Hypotheses put forward by psychiatrists are often believed by the general public though they have little basis in fact.
Additionally, we don’t have much information about prenatal environments and how they affect fetuses. RC theory assumes that babies can be hurt by what happens to them while in the womb – for example, if the mother smokes. Twins who are separated at birth have probably had similar experiences in the womb, and studies finding that such twins behave similarly in later life can be as easily explained by these experiences as by hypotheses about genetics.
Growing up in the stress of a home with parents who are “mental patients” could create many struggles, some of which might lead a child to identify him or herself as a potential “mental patient”. Most “mental patients” are having a very difficult time. If they are parents, this makes it hard for their children to get the care that they need. This means that later those same young people may have difficulties similar to those of their parents.