I have never been diagnosed with a mental illness, although as someone in recovery for twenty-three years, I've been accused of many moral failings.
Schizophrenia is such a catch-all phrase for a variety mental illness. The science is still very much in its infancy. I find the pharmaceutical
industry now - comparable to when butchers were surgeons.
Alcoholism/addiction is a moral failing until pharmaceuticals start to make money on the problem. But then it must be labeled something else in order
to avoid a collision with the war on drugs and the scourge of co-dependancy.
Suddenly they're all depressed, OCD. or psychotic. In my experience none of the drugs prescribed to alcholics treat that problem. They may treat
secondary problems, but they are not conducive to recovery from addiction.
Schizophrenia tends to center on auditory hallucination, from my understanding. Psychosis can be both functional and dysfunctional, allthough it is
often interpreted as simply a complete break from reality.
What I've found in my experience is that alcoholism is the Great Imitator. It can produce symptoms of psychosis, manic depression, obsessive
compulsion, depression and schizophrenia. Although the symptoms are transient with abstinence.
I've met a number of alcoholics who would prefer to be called crazy rather than give up drinking.
After experimenting with THC, I experienced transient pot psychosis.
Dr Bernard Favrat and colleagues, from the Institut Universitaire de Medecine Legale in Switzerland, were conducting a clinical trial into the
effects of orally administered delta-9-tetrahydrocannibol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis, when two of their male subjects experienced
impaired psychomotor functions and severe anxiety typical of cannabis-induced psychosis.
The experience has left me with the highest respect for people living daily with schizophrenia and other forms of debilitating psychosis.
Having also experienced spiritual phenomena and a close encounter, I can say there is absolutely NO comparison between the two.
There are many things that can induce auditory hallucination, lack of sleep -being one of the most common, stress being the other.
I highly reccomend Omega 369 oils to anyone with difficult brain chemistry. As well as swearing off coffee, as the caffeine interferes with the
dopamine receptors. A receptor that plays a part in psychotic hallucination, and the ability to learn new information.
I feel much of what is diagnosed as mental illness with all its resplendant labels is in fact substance abuse, sleeping disorders, lack of spiritual
managment of stresses and living habits.
I do believe that the brain is an organ equipped to perceive reality beyond our five senses. The sixth sense being one of our most valued.
What some consider illness others have considered greatness. Autistic children of the ancient world were regarded as demi-gods.
That said following doctors orders does not preclude every possible avenue available through diet, exercise, therapy and self-honesty.
As far as your interpretation of your voices, if you are receiving messages that turn out to happen, it could be coincidence, or it could be voices
from the bardo - the conclusion is entirely up to you.
Logic is the best way to ground your investigation into what your voices are, the most likely probability is probably the correct one.
Anyone with schizophrenic symptoms should not be using marijuana, it will exacerbate the brain chemistry and encourage the onset of the disease in
those with a genetic pre-dilection.
Perhaps in a slower more insidious way than meth or alcohol creates psychotic breaks, but there nonetheless.