It’s not all in your head.
When people hear that the word “schizophrenia,” they have all sorts of bias’s and preconceived ideas about people who carry this diagnosis. To say that the word is “abounding in misconceptions,” would almost be an understatement. People think split personality, crazy, nut house, dangerous, and out of their mind, just to name a few examples.
Hollywood and the like contribute greatly to this calamity of thinking. Just a few movies that come to mind are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, One Flew Over the Coocoos Nest, Clockwork Orange, The Shinning, and, most recently, Joker. Besides these titles in particular, the “crazy” person is a typical bad guy character in general for many Hollywood writers. This is pretty common and pervasive.
The truth is, a diagnosis of schizophrenia is not really any one thing, in the sense that one can have numerous root causes for receiving this title. Losing touch with reality is the crux of the issue in the diagnosis. Drawing a line around the definition is not easy.
Sometimes the diagnosis can stem from the people who deal with the diagnosed person more than the person with the “crazy” symptoms. The schizophrenia malady is very broad in scope and is very open-ended. This creates a real problem for the person with a diagnosis.
Here are just a few things that may get one labeled schizophrenic:
- Extreme Depression
- Extreme Anxiety
- Mania of a long duration
An additional level of items that have caused the diagnosis:
- Symptoms from another illness (like from Lyme’s disease)
- Drug induced (like for some heroin users)
- Heavy metal overload
Any of which can trigger:
- Paranoid thoughts or fears of things that are not real
- Visual hallucinations and visual misperceptions
- Auditory hallucinations and auditory misperceptions
- Behavior that is seen as anti-social by the rest of society
Bottom line is the person can’t deal with people around him or the people around him can’t deal with him in an extreme sense.
The label is a convenient way of lumping all causes together. However, in so doing, it almost becomes meaningless. If you see a doctor who is only dealing with symptoms, and does not investigate root causes, you have little chance for true recovery. The symptoms then serve more as a way of keeping you as a life-long patient than a person to treat for the purposes of healing.
By the way, the idea of just treating symptoms and not root causes happens in many other diseases and conditions. If the root cause is not addressed for your manifestation of symptoms with any disease, you will have little chance of really getting better in the long run. Treating brain fog, malnutrition, anemia, nutrient malabsorption, diarrhea, and up to 200 more symptoms could all be caused by Celiac’s Disease. Treating just the symptoms then, serves as a way of keeping you as a lifelong patient rather than helping you heal.
There really is no specific disease of schizophrenia. The label is a description of symptoms. There are real symptoms, and there are real root causes. But the label is just a vague starting point.
The first question one needs to ask when trying to heal from the schizophrenia is to seek the root cause or causes that are triggering the symptoms.
Remembering the statements I just made, a large portion of schizophrenia and the schizo-spectrum of disorders is typically caused by brain chemicals that cause a manic mind and feeling. Mania, with its racing thoughts, typically causes the brain to run faster than it was designed to run. Brilliant insight is coupled with inability to finish two sentences on the same topic. One may feel tremendous energy and thought power. Thus, armed with such a high feeling, a person may decide to paint the front door and get half way through it, and then decide the carpet needs replacing or washing the car is a job to do now.
Not all mania is to the level of calling it schizophrenic, as some people just burn the mind energy a little faster and think quickly and have a lot of mental power with a little racing thought happening in their brains. This mild mania notwithstanding, mania is a typical cause of delusional thinking and the rest of the typical symptoms that bear the label schizophrenia.
Even with a basic knowledge that you have mania, or racing thoughts, you still do not have root cause analysis. Mania, also, can have many causes.
You need to plumb the depths further to find out why you are manic. You need to ask, what may be the reason or reasons triggering this in your brain chemicals? In other words, you need to investigate.
Typically, you will find that you don’t just have incorrect thinking in abstract, you will likely find a reason why you think and/or behave the way you do. Very typically, the reason will have a lot to do with brain chemicals, which are tied to your whole health and the rest of your body.
Some Root Causes of Mania
- Mercury overload
- Food sensitivities
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