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by Felicity blaze Noodleman
Los Angeles, CA
Have you ever wondered if you were going crazy as in losing your mind, having a meltdown, losing touch with reality or going berserk? Is it me or just the other 99%? “I’m OK – You’re OK” or “I’m OK and You’re not”! It’s always good to take an inventory of your assists and mental health is no exception.
We all question ourselves at one time or another. That’s why we are normal. We are able to distinguish where the line between the two different states of mind are. Society sets the parameters for what is accepted as normal and proper behavior and what is not. In our society these parameters allow for modifications based on fashion, attitudes, ethnic behavior and just plain old change for the fun in it. We even embrace some new kooky thing and celebrate it as brilliance and even imitate it.
Mental Illness may be caused by changes in the structure or chemical function of the brain, or by psychological stress. The interrelation between the physical and psychic components that are believed to cause particular mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, is the subject of considerable debate and controversy.
Mental disturbances of organic, or physical, origin may result from infection, injury, poisoning, or other assaults on the structural and chemical integrity of the brain. Chemical poisoning caused by substances such as lead, mercury, carbon disulfide, or carbon monoxide may produce mental symptoms. Alcohol may cause a variety of mental disorders, ranging from the temporary derangement of pathological intoxication, seen in persons especially sensitive to alcohol, to
Korsakoffs psychosis, which is marked by memory loss and degeneration of nervous tissue.
Injury to the head may produce concussion, coma, and possibly long-lasting mental impairment resulting from brain damage. A decrease in the brain’s blood supply, commonly seen in elderly persons with “hardening of the arteries” (arterio or atherosclerosis), is thought to lead to changes in brain substance and a gradual loss of mental alertness. In certain disorders of the endocrine glands, personality changes may be observed.
Deficiencies of certain vitamins of the B complex group (niacin and thiamine) frequently cause mental disturbance. Syphilis may cause insidious personality changes some 20 to 30 years after the original infection. The list of organic bases of disturbed mental function is rounded out by tumors, and diseases of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis. Organic illnesses are regarded as acute, if they are reversible, and chronic, if they persist.
Functional or Psychogenic Illness
In contrast to the above group, functional mental illnesses are believed to be caused by psychological factors. The fact that no known structural or physiological changes are associated with these illnesses does not necessarily mean that such changes may not be present. The division of mental disorders into organic and functional groups may merely reflect present ignorance of the detailed chemical and physiological functioning of the brain. This possibility has been emphasized by the ability of certain chemicals (for example, LSD) to create psychotic like reactions in normal persons, and by the effectiveness of some drugs (for example, tranquilizers) in relieving some of the severe symptoms of functional disorders.
The functional disorders include psychoneuroses, psychotic reactions, psychosomatic disorders, and character disorders. To various degrees, these are all assumed to result from disturbances in interpersonal relations, and to have anxiety as an important component. The psychotic disorders, which include schizophrenic and manic-depressive psychoses, frequently require hospitalization. The individual loses contact with reality and is unable to function effectively at work, in school, or with his family and friends. In psychoneurotic disturbances the person can function better, but is troubled by rigid patterns of behavior, such as unreasonable fears (phobias) or obsessions, which he is powerless to control. The personality, or character, disorders are a varied group, and include schizoid pmonality types, who are withdrawn and emotionally detached and cyclothymic types, who alternate between states of elation and sadness.
Treatment of Mental Disorders
The principal therapeutic tool of the psychiatrist is psychotherapy, which may be supplemented by tranquilizing drugs, shock therapies, and, less often, psychosurgery. Psychotherapy basically involves talking about one’s problems and experiences with a specially trained person. This type of treatment is usually reserved for neurotics, persons with character disorders, and certain types of psychotic patients. Hospitalization is indicated when it becomes necessary to help a patient get relief from the many stresses of daily living, as well as in the rarer cases where there is need to protect the patient from harming himself or others.
It should be emphasized that many mentally ill people are able to function without being treated. In support of this are reports which indicate that the incidence of mental illness is much higher than one would be led to believe on the basis of mental hospital admissions and the number of patients being treated by private practitioners. Many persons who might objectively be considered to be neurotic and to function at a level somewhat less than their full potential do not consider themselves sick and usually do not come to the attention of a psychiatrist unless some great personal or general stress intervenes.
Unfortunately many people still regard mental illness as a stigma and often block efforts to give prompt treatment to themselves or to members of their family. Many individuals, who would not hesitate to seek prompt medical attention for a physical ailment, procrastinate until mental symptoms become so severe that help is often too late to be most effective.
An encouraging development, however, is the increasing tendency to regard the psychotic person not as a criminal, but as a victim of illness. Hospital planners are designing smaller buildings that will offer more privacy and avoid the depressing atmosphere of many currently used hospitals. There is also greater flexibility in allowing week-end passes and home visits; the time of hospitalization has been shortened and after-care programs are being established to help the patient when he returns home. Another innovation is the day hospital, where patients are treated during the day but are given the opportunity to live with their families at night. The oft-mentioned belief that “once you go to a state hospital, it is for life,” is adequately refuted by the increasing number of discharges.
To continue; there are many forms of behavior which indicate we are making or have made a break with reality and are becoming socially unacceptable and even becoming a danger to ourselves and to those around us. This article is not intended to poke fun at these actions but help those who may be in trouble. Some things to look for are:
- Talking to yourself even when others are present
- Talking under your breath to and about people
- Talking loudly and aggressively on a regular basis
- Germophobia becomes an obsession
- Every day is a bad hair day and hats are the only solution
- Loosing interest in things you once loved
- You feel bipolar and don’t know it
- Always disagreeable
- You have the only franchise on God
- All your meds and vitamins are no longer working
- Sensitivity to light and sound for prolonged periods
- Find yourself in a catatonic daze
- A hoarder – unable to throw anything away or must have as much of a thing as possible
- Wearing highly unusual articles of dress every day – Such as wearing a “Tiara” for example
- Any self destructive behavior
I’m not a Doctor although both my stepfather and brother are practicing Psychiatrists. There are plenty of self help professionals working in the media to help all of us and many books have been written on so many different subjects for our consideration. We can even “Google” symptoms over the net. I will defer to them as I dispense my advice. Things your mom told you are also a good place to start.
A few words about anger. Most of us spend their early formative years learning how to behave socially in the home, school, and in public. Now as an adult with your own job, home and family everyone needs to still practice tolerance where anger is concerned. You may feel the need to “fly off the handle” or act crazy to emphasize a point but acting crazy can soon turn into being crazy. Remember: anger feeds on itself and the more you feed it the bigger it becomes until you are no longer able to control it.
We all become “out of sorts” occasionally and the best advice is always eat a good diet from all the food groups, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water. Simple dehydration can really harm you and so can too much of a good thing. Good mental and physical health is your greatest asset so take care of yourself.
Now a few words about aging. It’s no secret that as we grow older our mental faculties begin to decline. We get a little bit older and a little bit slower. Our minds can begin to decline beginning in our late 20’s. The first thing most notice is a loss in short term memory. Now that people are living longer what was once thought to be the onset of senility has been studied and termed as “Alzheimer’s” disease. Scientists and Doctors are looking for a cure or at least treatment to relieve the painful side effects of the disease. Also; note that as we become older less brain cells are growing at a phase in our lives when we losing more of them.
Types of Bipolar:
A person affected by bipolar I disorder has had at least one manic episode in their life. A manic episode is a period of abnormally elevated mood, accompanied by abnormal behavior that disrupts life.
Bipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time. However, in bipolar II disorder, the “up” moods never reach full-on mania. The less intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania.
This illness is curable and the patient has to consult the doctor to see whether it is headed to a more acute case. Cooperation is necessary for the patient for its treatment to be effective. Some use medication, like muscle relaxants or antidepressant drugs which can be useful if used properly.http://en.docsity.com/news/interesting-facts/bipolar-disorder/
All of the afore mentioned conditions can radically alter our personality. It only makes sense that we should take every precaution to keep ourselves mentally fit as possible! I’m Felicity and you’re with the Noodleman Group!
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