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Simplifying Psychiatry with an example

If you notice voices are especially powerful at picking on your weaknesses. They take advantage of you when you become weak. That’s why it is incredibly common cannabis users get schizophrenia. Why? because they damage themselves. People who take drugs start hallucinating and hearing voices and become permanently schizophrenic.

Ask the nurses who work in your local hospital. Ask them if people who have dementia have hallucinations. They will say yes. Guess what then? according to Psychiatry that’s a separate disease. Modern psychiatry is contradictory. Why would someone with dementia suddenly have “schizophrenia” as well?. In addition to this, people with dementia sometimes have their voices and hallucinations disappear when they develop a social life. If that happened to a schizophrenic, that would be likened to a cure as long as the symptoms didn’t return.

If you generalize both the drug abuser and the dementia sufferer into one base category, they are both associated with a single category of “Weakened state”. Amazingly, both these people have had some damage or trauma too!

I’d like to make you aware of something. Psychiatry has become over-complicated. I have studied voices and many other psychiatric disturbances for a while now and I can tell you one thing I am certain of. Ask someone who has obsessive compulsive disorder. Now ask someone with hallucinations about their symptoms. You will notice they both have the same thing! but the symptoms are manifesting in a different sensory system. OCD is “mental”, hallucinations are “non-physical-auditory/visual”.

Let me explain further how it’s the same thing. Yes they are experienced differently. But from an abstract perspective, OCD and hallucinations follow the same pattern/cycle demonstrated below.

  1. Awareness of negative non-physical perception (in OCD this would be the obsession, in schizophrenia this would be the auditory/visual hallucination)
  2. Emotional disturbance (Both OCD and hallucinations arouse emotional disturbance in the patient after they become aware of their symptom)

There is a little obvious difference though with OCD. OCD is a bit specific in the sense that it urges compulsive behavior. It is probably because of a characteristic of that type of person. They are a bit of a perfectionist or obsessive and that’s what’s being taken advantage of.

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Schizophrenia Treatment: Some personal reflections

I just thought I’d share some information I have noticed over the years that I hope helps people experiencing Schizophrenia. I would appreciate any feedback on this post.

Whenever things in life get complicated generally, it always helps to simplify. If you look at history, when problems were overwhelming and persistent, it was an intelligent idea to rethink the situation and change the current approach. There is a quote I like: “Want better answers? Ask bigger questions.”

When you ask bigger questions and feed your curiosity you become like an explorer going into unknown territory. But that may be exactly what’s needed even though it tests the inner self or the way things are. A healthy change in our understanding of a paralyzing problem may actually be the start of the solution. Picture a hamster on a hamster wheel running in circular madness but not achieving anything. Until it shifts it’s consciousness it’s like staying in a prison. Being in the same situation for too long can get toxic.

Human beings are creatures of movement. I mean that generally. If we don’t brush our teeth, we get tooth decay. Not exercising can cause our muscles to atrophy. If you are dehydrated, you need to get water. Each of these cases have an element of movement or a form a movement I can say. Taking us out of a state of disturbance into nourishment.

Movement is an incredibly deep principle of health. I can’t think of an example where it doesn’t apply. But the basic general idea in regard to health is that you want to distance yourself from negativity.

The reason I said all the above is to highlight how simplification is a natural response to complication and in the case of schizophrenia it can help incredibly. The way this ailment is looked at needs a good new refreshing outlook.

I have stated in another post that it is very, very common for symptoms of schizophrenia namely audible and visual hallucinations to manifest in the human senses when the sufferer is simply in a weakened state. Regardless of whether they have schizophrenia or not. The fact that these symptoms occur not only in schizophrenia should be an eye opener for the observant eye. Another eye opener should be the fact that people do report of it’s intermittent nature. In my opinion then, this ailment does not hold true power over the sufferer. It should be a motivation of hope.

By simplifying then, and in my own experience I suggest the following:

Positivity!

In whatever form it may be. Whether it be dietary, social connection, sleep hygiene, clearing out the impact of negative caloric energy through fasting, making sure adequate blood flow goes to the brain and I’m sure you can name millions more. Is there proof that positive decisions offer relief either symptomatic, permanent or as part of maintaining this condition to not overwhelm someone? Yes!

People can have hallucinations through sleep deprivation so whats the natural remedy? Sleep hygiene.

People can have hallucinations through isolation so whats the natural remedy? having a healthy social life.

People can have hallucinations through neurosyphilis so what’s the natural remedy? Prevention. (It results from an STI)

People with dementia can have hallucinations and guess what? they get better by responding through social connection and stimulating their brains (neuroplastic movement and social movement)

LIVING THINGS NEED TO MOVE

This brings me to what I believe is be the reality of this condition. That there is a classification crisis which is over-complicated and bringing sufferers further away from being free from this condition. Things need to be simplified and each patient case needs to be looked at with a very careful, loving eye. You cannot rush with patients, they are human beings.

Hallucinations can manifest to anyone. I think we are all predisposed to it. The way it is activated can vary though.

If I want to keep things really simple i’ll just say, be healthy. Love yourself and prevent things that cause this condition. Respond to it through positive movement in whatever form it may be.

Who knows, maybe the cure to schizophrenia is staring everyone in the face but behind a veil of complication and noise. You need to look at each persons case. But that requires time. Patients know themselves best. In business, the customer comes first and they are valued as if the customers concerns are those of the business owners personally. Although the patients aren’t customers, it’s still something to think about.

Remember problem solving is multi dimensional. If you treat patients in an isolative way it can be counterintuitive. Treat someone as a whole, holistically. The human essence is a complex creature with interdependent systems.

Simplify, simplify simplify.

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Mental Health Random Insights

Language, suffering and Mental Health

Being lost in life is like being in a maze. Whether the maze is in your head, or physically at a large shopping mall or airport. I remember when I used to work in a help-desk the trainer told us general principles in how to deal with customer issues. One of the principles I still remember to this day was the acronym KISS (keep it simple stupid).

What does this have to do with Mental Health?

Amazingly if you study the science behind body building you will see it mirrors some Mental Health Disorders very well. What happens if you don’t use your muscles? They atrophy (of body tissue or an organ, waste away from under-use/neglect).

In other words, use it or lose it.

What do they recommend for OCD? (Exposure therapy). Expose yourself to the feared thing, healthy stress occurs like carrying a weight, and you grow to learn not to be so obsessive and stuck in a loop.

What do they recommend for Social Anxiety? (Exposure therapy). Expose yourself to the feared thing, healthy stress occurs like carrying a weight, and you grow to learn not to be so fearful about your social situations.

I could go on with many Disorders.

I’m not surprised that I’ve read you need to “rewire the brain” to come out of chronic mental disorders. I’m also not surprised that the brain is “neuroplastic” and you have the power to change it which is basically what happens whenever you habituate and learn something new.

What happens if you are schizophrenic and you hear voices or see stuff and are fearful of them? you get paralyzed by them and they ruin your life. Well what happens when you take a calm approach and not be so scared about what you see/hear? Eventually you habituate to it….maybe your neurons/brain changes as well in a positive way.

Habituation is a big principle for human health. And amazingly in body building your muscles eventually habituate. That’s why you have to “surprise” them with a new stress for them to grow or you hit plateaus (little or no change).

When someone with a mental health issue is not changing (just like muscle growth having no change), they aren’t getting the right nourishment. The same thing happens in body building, that’s why those guys may change their diet up a bit. Or they may change their frequency of lifting. If the muscles aren’t growing then something needs changing. No progress is no good! In the case of a mental health issue, the person may need to nourish themselves by processing a persistent delusion through an alternative view from the doctor down the road. Or they may need to read a book. I know someone who came out of a delusion after years.

Is there a simple way of saying the above? yes…

Before I say it, first consider the fact that some schizophrenics deteriorate into dementia (brain atrophy). Did we just hear a word from the body building world?

MOVE, and give your brain a workout. If you get stuck, change your nourishment.

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Bipolar Disorder

Mania, Energy and the Natural World

Mania and depression are two opposite mood extremes that are associated with Bipolar Disorder. If you look into nature we have many examples of such distinct extremes to help us break down the problem and understand what is going on.

First understand that Mania is typically understood to be an extreme, abnormal and unhealthy rise in energy levels where the sufferer is going towards the “high” end of the mood spectrum. Perceived as pleasant and positive by the patient but in reality is negative and harmful.

There are many examples of a negative rise in energy levels we see in the world. Epileptic fits are a rise in uncontrollable energy expression (how amazing that anti-epileptics are also used for Bipolar Disorder).

If your child is having a tantrum, do you let them continue or do you stop them? Guess what, you are supposed to be careful stopping epileptic fits too…think about that.

What about anger? comes out like the steam of a kettle that doesn’t want to be bottled up….

What about when you answer the call of nature…what goes in, must come out….

Bringing it back to the topic of Mania. Understand that we are creatures of input and output. What we perceive and consume goes into us. If you experience a bad memory, it’s now a part of you. If someone hurts you, it’s now a part of you. If these two negative psychological injuries fuse within you then they aren’t being processed and excreted which is comparable to not being able to relieve yourself after eating or drinking…

Mania has three categories or stages that may be experienced when I last checked online. Hypomania (mild stage, not always a problem), Acute mania (Stage II, problematic with loss of impulse control, sometimes not connected to reality and can have psychosis), Delirious mania (Stage III, this person has gone extreme and needs to be hospitalized. They are a danger to themselves and others).

Understand that our emotional expressions/moods are within a continuum (a continuous sequence with the opposite extremes being very different). Like the weather (extremely cold, cold, slightly cold, warm, slightly hot, hot, extremely hot etc).

Observe an adult arguing with someone or a coffee lover who’s had too much caffeine. Generally when moods become negative and similar in nature, they can be described with similar terminology. Angry people jump from topic to topic just as manic people do. Angry people have pressured speech and speak quickly just as manic people do. Angry people can become dangerous just as manic people can.

Neutralizing extreme moods isn’t limited to the science of chemistry. Chemistry is useful in certain cases though. But to isolate Bipolar symptoms to an issue of chemicals alone is problematic. Pills are physical objects but Psychiatrists also tell their patients to apply Non-physical health principles to avoid triggering episodes such as a healthy sleep wake routine, a healthy diet, good family and social relations and avoiding stress. Every case is unique.

Next time you see a child having a tantrum or an adult having a heated argument, you are somewhat observing a type of manic episode.

The point of this post was to open the mind and present examples from nature to give a taste of the anatomy of manic episodes and how they are neutralized.