I came across this video describing the way we've moved to a medical model of mental illness and how, though well intentioned, is showing down sides. I think I've been having this sense that the way I hear many people talking about mental illness these days that something was off. I've now spent more than half my life meandering along a spiritual path and learned time tested Buddhist approaches to addressing issues of mental health before being introduced to western psychological thinking.
Anyway, like the video, I'm not outright negating all of western psychology in its current forms. Its just saying that we're still learning and there is an unintended consequence of learned helplessness in the way people are relating to their mental illnesses. Rather than say you have depression or are depressed, say you are experiencing depression. The last option holds out the possibility for change and allows for positive growth.