Originally posted by Kruel
Anyway, it's all just speculation, but something to think about. After all, mental illnesses often cannot be proven by doing a medical test. Usually
patients are diagnosed without any physical tests being taken... they're just given prescriptions based on what they claim to have experienced.
Someone says they hear voices or are seeing things other people don't see are simply considered "skitzo" on the spot. This is a big 'what if', but
what if they're not crazy?
Schizophrenia does cause brain damage due to chemical imbalance, you can see this damage on PET scans. It's got a strong genetic component, too.
I've got two schizo friends, they aren't seeing a higher plane of existence, and are more than happy to take their meds. When they get off of them
(sometimes they just stop working very well and they have to switch) then they relapse into seeing things, hearing things, flight of ideas, clang, the
With one of them, he'll generally break over pretty abruptly (he hides it at first) and we'll get a call at 2AM from secret agent x214. The problem
is, Buzz will get a rifle and hide behind the Piggly Wiggly to waylay the Russian agents. We try to get there before the cops - he doesn't have any
ammo but they don't know that.
If you haven't been around a full-bore delusional schiz who's on a tear, it's probably easier to think they're speaking to the next world or energy
beings or what have you. The truth is, their wiring is crossed. You know Buzz is about to go when he starts getting clues from the TV.
Now, both Johnny and Buzz are just fine when their meds are working. John can't cope with the job world anymore and lives with his parents, he used to
be a greeter down at the Walmart. John sees ninjas in the yard, and Satan speaks to him from the drains when he's sick. He's a nice guy - my kids fish
in his parents' pond sometimes with him. But this year John's meds quit and he had to switch onto Geodon and valproic acid, and spend a week at the
I don't really think there are invisible hyperdimensional energy field ninjas stalking him, and the Prince of Darkness probably doesn't take the time
to infest his drains. He's really convinced of it - when he's off the meds. But when it's working - no voices, no ninjas, and he can tell the
The longer you're off the meds, the more damage you accumulate. Buzz can still hold down a construction job. John can't manage door greeter anymore
partly because he messed around and didn't take the meds and tried to self medicate instead. In his defense, it was cheaper to smoke doobies than to
buy Geodon, but it was a bad decision.
[edit on 30-7-2007 by Tom Bedlam]