Lost in a dark wood: Replying within a larger mixed thread:
If “illness” is used in the medical sense, then “mental illness” is a logical impossibility. If “illness” is used in a moral or metaphysical sense, then there is no justification for the involvement of people trained in medicine. Either way, psychiatry is inherently fraudulent. And if Kaufman accepts the validity of “mental illness”, then he is also a fraud
Another view is that all sickness is mental or of a split mind - as in distanced or dissociated, locked down as in denied and denying, and masked as in narrative modelling in place of - or set over identity.
This is asserted in A Course in Miracles - which gives the most complete account of the 'psychopathic' anti-Christ from a perspective of its undoing and therefore of what is 'going on' in our world - because it illuminates the mask or mind though which we think we think alone.
This page: "Sickness is a defence against the truth" is an example.
Of course all words and terms can be mis interpreted by fear, but my appreciation of the work is its release from fear.
The freedom to call others a fraud is as free as you want to be.
FWIW Andy Kaufman is meeting proponents Hamer's New Medicine approach in which psychic shocks or conflicts can be enacted as biological processes - the healing/resolution phase of which we tend to attack or suppress and fear and project onto as 'disease'.
So yes if illness were materially based in organism failure as a result of external violations, or internal susceptibilities, the mental aspect is merely a movie running in the brain that has no real voice or role excepting of course to comply with a terrain dictate.
Logical impossibility or self-contradiction is what ACIM posits as the basis from which a fragmentation of mind and world seems to replace All That Is.
Did you ever read of the THUD experiment - by which the previous iteration of psychoanalysts was revealed to be without substance? When invested illusions are 'destroyed' they build back better! or rather incorporate all that was used to destroy them in their defences, not least by masking in virtue.
Every 'panacea' or solution is thus a means to mask or repackage conflicts AS IF to solve them in externalise or physical displacements. If we understood this, we would be free of a lot of baggage.
Conflict patterns are not just 'personal' or individual, but are broken family constellations at all levels. Separation trauma generates a mind dissociation along with physical 'storage' of encapsulated conflict. The lock in to a body as separator and limit on Communication Feared, generates an adaptation or normalising of insane self-contradictions.
I encourage intuiting beyond self-certainties set in grievance. The Child is innately free to simply ask or question ANYTHING because it does not presume to know but still trusts that truth can be known. That this is masked over is our 'world'.
The nature of denied self is to seek acceptance, and if that denial continues to be met, vengeance. What we resist, persists. It may persist in the very 'WAR ON' whatever we demonise or seek to cast out and eradicate. There's the rub.