I was just reading someones post about psychosis and it made me think…..
Who is to say mental disorders exist? Just because some people think differently than most? Who is to say that is wrong( In cases not involving drugs)? Usually the “cure” is sedatives. Does anyone here know what I mean?
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Yes there are a lot of cases where a person who has a radical but logical thought process is declared as mentally ill, this is so they can be dismissed or because people that agree with them fear being lumped into the same category of disorder.
I like a lot of what Manimal says, everyone has a range of disorders, I have heard that truely sane people are as rare as 1 in 10,000. The thing is, it is a huge industry, in both pharmasuticals and the fields of psychology, but there are real disorders that can make people a danger to themselves or others.
The thing is; addiction is a disorder and pretty much everyone has some level of addiction. I don’t mean specifically substance abuse, but there are a range of psychological dependancies and neurosis, insecurities, attachments to other people, to habits and routine. An example is television addiction, it is not a substance but a persons objective choice to stop watching can be seriously effected. Loving someone can become an obsession etc.
@tsingh, You’re not going to be able to prove his concerns right or wrong, in fact that will get you in a rut, and just make him play in his schizophrenia for a longer period of time.
All people are different, and I’m not saying this is going to work, but it would have with me, in my worst states;
You need to explain to him that he has control of reality. His vision of reality is under his control, and not something else. The problem with this schizophrenic thought is not the actual ideas, but the reinforcing of them, and the ability to keep them coming.
What happens is first a fear gets put into place. The fear usually comes from something odd, but builds up quickly, but is usually attributed to something completely wrong. For example he may be nervous to ask his parents for money or he may be concerned that his parents are not supportive of him, a quick flash of the thought might jump into his mind, and he’ll feel uncomfortable. But then what happens, is where the ‘norm’ and the ‘ill’ differ – he will be unable to relate his discomfort to the idea of his parents being disappointed in him. What instead will happen is he will TRY to IDENTIFY something to worry about.
I.E. “I feel bad that I had sex with those hookers” “I wonder if they got pregnant” “I bet they did get pregnant” “What if they are trying to get pregnant?” “I bet they are trying to get pregnant.” “They’re gonna fuck me over if they do that!”
Most people would stop at “I feel bad that I had sex with those hookers” and end up with anxiety or even a panic attack (for the inability to identify the true cause of the anxiety). But in the case of psychosis and paranoid schizophrenia, the worst case scenario is often portrayed. What is worse, is often the fear becomes hard to deny – something like early pregnancy.
Essentially fear is born in the brain, and settles somewhere that is completely irrelevant to where it first came from. As the fear creeps from idea to idea, it eventually settles on one that cannot be disproven easily, and there it will stay.
A huge problem with this is logic doesn’t get rid of the fear because
1) The original problem is not solved, and the unsettling feeling will persist, and new fears will pop in and out of reality
2) Fear and logic are two very different parts of the brain. To remove the feeling of fear is not very easy using just logic (Especially if you’re not getting to the root!)
I hope that makes sense. This is basically the cause of all anxiety and paranoia-based illnesses. Who knows why our brains have such problems with it…