Psychotherapy: Does Mental Health Establish Free will?

Guest Post by David Stephen

There is a recent article in STAT, Mindstrong’s demise and the future of mental health care, discussing the winding down of the app-based mental health care company. The article asked, “What led Mindstrong, which had every structural advantage, to conclude it couldn’t make money providing a service people are clamoring for?”

Psychotherapy: Does Mental Health Establish Free will?

The article submitted that, “But there’s a reason psychiatrists, psychologists, and other clinicians are needed to provide care, just as planes that can technically fly themselves still have pilots in the cockpit. The talk may be about technology because we don’t want to talk about a less comfortable topic: money.”

Mental Health

Mental health crisis is based in the human mind. What are the functions, structure and components of the mind that determine what mental health is or its crisis? The mind is the ultimate decision maker for mental health, not technology, not money, not psychiatrists, psychologists, and other clinicians.

Mindstrong, in business for years, seemed like they did their best, but for any mental health app, the superior goal is not more therapists, chatbots, mindfulness, meditation, psychotherapy, or other general recommendations, but simply, how does the human mind determine depression, anxiety, or others, as experiences?

There have been several vague examples for years, exploring how the mind works, without the rigor of an actual mental health situation. There is a common example, saying don’t think about something, then it seems all the mind wants to do is to think about that thing.

There have been various studies around this, exploring thoughts and so forth. But this is limited. If something hot pours on someone, or there is a sharp pain somewhere or some hit, if asked not to think about something, it is unlikely to think about it, because the mind is occupied by that experience of pain.

This means, first that pain—though not often called thoughts, are experienced in the form of thought. They don’t block out thought, but are to the mind in the form of thought, so are prioritized on the mind in that moment, as the thing there, so no thought encroaches in that moment—even though there are interchanges.

Then, when it is said that don’t think about something and someone thinks about it, it is mostly because there is no major property on the mind, to a high degree, in that instance, or at the principal spot [of properties].

The mind, conceptually, consists of quantities and properties. It is these components of mind that determine every case of mental health.

Free will

There are words that can hurt, but don’t always hurt. They are hurtful words that can quickly be dismissed, depending on the source. Hurtful words expressed to someone could linger on the mind, but the hurt [property] may not be present, making its presence benign. This can happen much later on, remembering the words and it’s hurt at the time, but later, does not have the effect.

There is often the debate that free will does not exist, since determinations in the brain are often out of one’s control. This is not the case. There is free will. The extent of it from moment to moment varies.

If there was no free will, it would be difficult to use already acquired information [property] to determine reaction to something. There will also be depression, for everything that is depressive—or anxiety.

There are relays in the mind all the time, but the prioritized quantity takes command of decisions, to degrees.

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