I don't care if you are on the left or the right, as a Libertarian I don't want the govt. defining who is and is not mentally "healthy". When I told someone I was probably going to vote for Romney, she seriously blurted out, "Are you mentally ill?!" There you have it. Disagree with me, and you have a brain disease. Accusing someone of mental illness these days is the equivalent of ancient people accusing someone of demon possession or of being a witch. The moment the verdict is declared--demon possession or mentally ill--you are in need of treatment by the professional priests or psychiatrists.
As Thomas Szasz points out, mental illness is the modern version of the Inquisition. Put the govt. in control of DSM, and you have an updated version of the medieval Malleus Maleficarum. Once you are diagnosed as "not normal" according to the current orthodoxy, you can be fixed. At that point the dialogue goes from a healthy soul-making discussion of ideas to that of who has the healthy mental ideology. Shades of Russian, Chinese, Cuban and North Korean re-educational camps. And not that far from a form of religious theocracy--perhaps Statist Cranial Neurocracy.
I propose, from an archetypal perspective (or spiritual view), that the brain is merely the conduit of ideas and feelings that come to us, through us and only the, as us. We are conduits for images, ideas, emotions and eventual actions. My eogic interaction with their visiting perceptions allows "me" to interact with them, dialogue, reflect and assimilate or excrete them--like food. This is soul-making. This view sees the mind as independent of the brain (and perhaps other organs) prior to their interactions. I am NOT reduced to brain-organ.
In this analogy, of course the brain is our "television monitor" replete with amazingly intricate hard wiring and processive technology that allows us to capture the myriad signals in the air (Sheldrake'smorphic fields, Confortti's archetypal fields, Jung's little people dwelling in the Psychoid realm, Corbin's Mundus Imaginalis, Jesus' Kingdom of Heaven, etc.). Perhaps our personal daimon (see James Hillman's The Soul's Code} controls the psychological remote control that chooses the particular configuration of channels we each receive for our personal soul-making experiences (akin to Keat's hornbook in his School of Soul-making).
This analogy fits in well with Barfield's/Steiner's anthroposophical "spiritual theories"--the notion that spectral messengers exist in the ethers, and may be"captured and translated" by a part of the mind. This akin to a theory by neurologist Andrew Newberg in his book Why God Won't Go Away. A growing group of so called neuro-theologian'snow talk about the "god-part" of the brain.
We modern material reductionists may be quite ignorant, or as Bergman said in an interview about his movie Scenes from a Marriage: "We Westerner's are emotionally illiterate."