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Reading is an Underrated Form of Therapy

Just my personal experience. Many thoughts can be generated from what happens to you in life. Your worries, your problems, your questions in life. These thoughts radiate to your emotional domain and cause feelings of depression as the mind and emotions are connected or attached. This is why a lot of people find some peace in simply being away from their minds. Not in the sense that one runs away from reality like an ostrich digging their head in the ground in the face of danger or a threat. One definitely must process their problems, or accept what they can’t control.

One particular activity that takes me away from my mind is simply reading. Particularly something that I am very interested in. You should continue to surprise your mind with new books and new perspectives and topics. As this is novelty which our brains crave and which makes us feel good.

Reading requires one to engage with the book and use hand-eye coordination and it forces one to concentrate. It is not as passive as other forms of engagement as it involves some challenge. But it is not so challenging that it is burdensome. A book can be picked up anywhere and you can start wherever comfortable. It is a light, slightly challenging form of “therapy”.

To concentrate and read you have to be away from your thoughts. Absence of thoughts induces a positive, pleasant emotional experience. With time a person can get immersed in the book and really get in a healthy positive flow and experience. You become present as you focus on the words and the story being told.

Personally, reading for me is an, “anti-depressant”. I hope that helps others.

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“What’s wrong with me?”

There was recently a question somewhere outside of my blog where I also post where the questioner was basically complaining that they don’t know what’s wrong with them and their doctors can’t seem to figure it out and just throw meds at them. This may be a common experience. Below you will find my reply which includes elements of some of my insights I gathered after some time and also how innovation in psychiatry is lacking but if done can help when things get complex. The answer I posted now begins:

Answer: If this has been going on for a while I strongly consider looking for answers outside of typical psychiatry (which is decades old). This is what I did and I have learnt what I believe to be incredible stuff. In fact so good, I have pioneered my own alternative psychiatric sciences. This I did due to having some unsatisfactory experiences with modern day psychiatry.

Something that I developed was the relationship between the human anatomical structure and psychiatric symptoms (I will explain this). If you are lost as to what is behind your psychiatric ailment, first understand this simple principle: “All negative psychiatric expressions (or symptoms if you prefer) are simply due to a collection of negativity in one or more of the components in your human anatomical structure”. Now, what is your “human anatomical structure”?

They are as follows:

Human essence bodies:

  • The mental self
  • The emotional self
  • The physical self
  • The non-physical self (where dreams and things like hallucinations manifest)

And…

The dimensions of wellness:

  • The financial dimension
  • The social dimension
  • The occupational dimension
  • The environmental dimension
  • The intellectual dimension
  • The Islamic dimension (this applies to me as I’m Muslim)

In simple terms, if you don’t know what’s wrong with you, the above is your human anatomy and psychiatric ailments are caused by a collection of negativity in one or more of the above. So put your notice filter on and try and detect where the negativity is collecting and respond accordingly. This is a way of narrowing down your problem. When problems are complex, we break them down.

Another thing I will demonstrate is the power of looking for answers outside of typical psychiatry. In the world of modern psychiatry they don’t have an innovation culture. This is something I am trying to change. The below I developed after much research, contemplation and work. I am the first one in my awareness to connect database science to the world of psychiatry. What I demonstrate below is something I call “label normalization”. This may be something for you to keep an eye on as my aim for this function is to simplify a patient’s diagnosis, treatment and remove from them as much complication from whatever labels they accumulate.

This web application will be called “Label Explorer”. What follows is a few images of label normalization with a description of what you see in the image:

  • The user navigates to the label simplification section of Label Explorer and opens the label selection menu and chooses the labels to be added to the processing list
  • The user selects 6 labels to be processed/simplified
  • The user selects “normalize” as a simplification method and clicks “Start!”
  • The user has their chosen labels processed and simplified (normalized) by the application and is provided with a results page. I am still in the process of analyzing what I have done but so far it seems the user/patient has just lost all their labels and any duplicate symptoms that were found in multiple labels if they had multiple diagnoses. The user/patient is now dealing directly with the remaining symptoms only which is basically the essence of whatever is going on with them. If they had multiple conditions they have been incredibly simplified. There are two images of this below as I had to do it in two parts because the result page is long.

The reason I mention all of this is because there is so much more that can be done in the world of psychiatry but funding isn’t going there. I believe the future of psychiatry is in the hands of private entities and startup culture/innovation which is what I have initiated (possibly I am the first one). What I am doing is just the tip of the iceberg and I have a lot more to do.

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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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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.