This seems like a good time to mention that, when a friend says that they’ve made progress on a mental health issue, it is generally inappropriate to criticize their progress as Insufficiently Rational/Skeptical.
Yes, there are caveats. Yes, sometimes people do dangerous things trying to get better. Yes, sometimes people do quack treatments that don’t work. Yes, yes, yes.
But if someone says, “Hey guys, I’m feeling better!” and whatever you say is less along the lines of “That’s awesome, good for you!” and more along the lines of “UR DOIN IT RONG,” then you’re doing more harm than good.
And from one skeptic/atheist to another, at that point, you can shove your skepticism/atheism you-know-where.
I don’t understand what you are saying here exactly, how could a response to mental illness be insufficiently skeptical? Are you trying to refer to homeopathic “drugs”?
I agree with you, people should be happy when others make progress in that sphere, but how can a treatment be irrational?
I, as a skeptic, am just wondering because it doesn’t sound like a fair use of those two words.
For instance, if someone finds religious observance helpful, or if pseudo-spiritual concepts like having a soul or having a deeper purpose in life have been helpful to them.
Do people really have souls? Is there really a god? Does life really have any intrinsic purpose? I don’t believe so, no. But if believing so helps someone else, I’d rather see them mentally healthy than mentally ill.