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Outside of psychiatry it is not well known that schizophrenia has yet to be shown to be a proven disease.
There are now well known reasons why people suffer from the complaints that are mystified by the constructs of the disease Schizophrenia.
This makes sense to me--whether or not the stance is ultimately right. (This one I don't think is written by someone with a degree.) People tend to get worse in other behaviors as long as they refuse to counteract their negative behavior. So why can't you develop mental illness from refusing to practice a reality check every once in a while? And at the same time, not everyone should develop a full-blown illness, but those who are sensitive to it--sort of like alcoholics.
This reality, that there are quite a large number of people (about 4%) in the general population who hear voices and even more (about 8%) have peculiar personal convictions, that we call delusiouns, without being ill, compells us to realize that the experience of hearing voices or having delusions are not in themselves a sign of mental illness.
Something which may assist perceiving “voices” as just thoughts if you are bothered by them is a point made by Aaron Beck MD. Aaron Beck points out that “hot thoughts” transform into “voices”. “Hot thoughts” in “cognitive behavioral therapy” are emotionally loaded thoughts. When emotionally loaded thoughts present themselves forcefully and appear “real”.
“Voices” are generally NOT commands, often called command hallucinations. This notion of commands is a very misleading stereotype on the media. The media is also very misleading about schizophrenia mental health recovery.
I don't know where you got that number? It's more like 1 in 100 I don't feel like looking for it but it's on this site. www.schizophrenia.com...
Originally posted by thelibra
Well that's a helluva relief.
Of course, the idea that 1 out of every 25 people is a schizophrenic is a bit disturbing, but hey, at leat I'm not alone anymore... not that I was before.
Anyway, I'd be curious, since apparently 4% of the population hears voices, how well that 4% also corresponds to the number of people who were abused as a child, since typically that is when the first personality splits begin to occurr.
Originally posted by sliceNodice
Sort of a quick conclusion there, where is the evidence? Show me some tests on the mental stability of these people who hear voices compared to the average joe, and then we will get somewhere. For example, personality disorders, number of delusions, drug abuse etc.