According to Wikipedia, a mental disorder can be described as “a mental or behavioral pattern or anomaly that causes either suffering or an impaired ability to function in ordinary life (disability), and which is not developmentally or socially normative. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks or perceives.” I’m no psychiatrist, and I make no claims to know all about the human mind and how it works. Heck, there are times when I can’t even understand me. But look at that definition and then look at this:
This woman worries so much about vaccines that she spends “hours and hours” in “researching the issues with the vaccines and worrying” about nothing. Notice how she has not seen any of the bad things that she has convinced herself (or has been convinced of by anti-vaccine celebrities), but she still wants to believe in them. She still knows through her “research” (which probably does not include any kind of coursework at an accredited institution) that vaccines are horrible. But, when she looks under the bed and doesn’t see a monster, it is “overwhelming” to her.
Read it for yourself. Because vaccinated children around her are not “lost” or “stolen” by vaccines she is overwhelmed. She is in a state of panic that, through her own admission, is irrational. If this is not a mental disorder, I don’t know what it.
Sadly, this is par for the course for many people who want to believe in the lies that they’re told about vaccines, the government, aliens, whatever. If they are true believers and they are confronted with something that is tangible, that they can see for themselves but doesn’t fit their view of the world, they feel overwhelmed. It’s like the devout person who follows a messiah that turns out to be human. Their ego can’t take the blow, so they try to rationalize it.
This is not the case with a truly rational person. A truly rational person sees the facts and accepts them for all that they’re worth. Rational people don’t freak out because the Earth revolves around the Sun. They don’t call for someone’s head because the science shows itself in everyday things more than their irrational beliefs.
I feel really sad for this woman that she has to worry her mind with these things when she could be doing much more productive things. She could leave the vaccine skepticism to people who go to school and learn about immunology, biology, microbiology, and virology and earn degrees after having their “research” tested over and over again to make sure that they’re doing it right. Instead, she chooses to be worried and anxious about her friends’ children who are NOT sick from vaccines, who DO NOT fit the description of vaccinated children that we see day after day in anti-vaccine blogs and videos. I almost want to reach out, hug her, and tell her that healthy children are an okay thing in this world, not something to feel overwhelmed about.