It is difficult to say what exactly this is.
It is possible that they were talking about an imaginary illness.
The term “Illness” is not an adjective.
It means “something that is abnormal or wrong”.
But there is no doubt that what they are referring to is something much more serious, something that is not about being mentally ill.
“A diagnosis is a diagnosis,” Dr. Michael Siegel, a psychiatrist and co-founder of the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses, told me.
“It’s about being in a particular set of circumstances and then the patient needs to take action and they have to be able to understand that they are not going to get the same treatment, and that is a problem.”
I spoke with Dr. Siegel and he did not deny the notion that the phrase “illness industry” is misleading.
“People are using it as a buzzword,” he told me, “because there is something wrong with what is being said.
It’s not that they’re bad people; they’re just doing a poor job of reporting it.”
But Dr. Stephen A. Green, a neuroscientist and the director of the Neuroimaging Initiative at Yale University, disagrees.
He told me that, while it is true that there is a medical term for the mental illness industry, “there is no evidence that it is in any way related to the diagnoses of mental illness.”
“There is no correlation between the number of psychiatric diagnoses, or the use of psychiatric drugs or the number, or even the presence, of psychiatric medications, and the number and the prevalence of mental disorders,” he said.
Dr. Green went on to point out that, in fact, there is evidence that people with a mental illness are more likely to develop a disease than people without one.
In the United States, the percentage of adults with a diagnosable mental disorder in 2013 was 12.4%, up from 7.6% in 1997, according to a 2015 report by the American Psychological Association.
But there is also evidence that there may be something else at play.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the bible for mental health diagnoses, contains a phrase that has been widely used in the mental health industry for years: “inability to recognize or attribute” a mental disorder.
This phrase, which has been used to describe patients with mental illness and their symptoms, refers to the difficulty they have in recognizing or attributing their mental illness.
It was added to the DSM-5 in 1998.
It says: “This term should be used to refer to any impairment in the ability to identify or attribute symptoms of a mental disease.”
And it goes on to say: “Although symptoms of mental disease may be recognized or attributed to a mental condition, they are typically not understood or appreciated by patients or their caregivers.”
This is why it is important for mental illness patients and their caregivers to be educated on what is really happening, according Dr. Green.
To hear more about the mental disorder industry, listen to Dr. Kevin A. Pierce, a professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine, discuss his research on the phenomenon of the “mental illness industry.”