posted on Jul, 3 2008 @ 10:27 AM
Sometimes it is necessary to take a few steps back and consider if your approach to a problem is preventing you from finding the answer. If you have
decided that your problem can be solved by one and only one approach, then you may have effectively locked yourself info a foregone conclusion
determined by your methodology. Many of the greatest breakthroughs in science have come when pioneers have stepped back and adopted an entirely new
approach. But they have not only changed their way of approaching their science, they have in fact conceived of that science in an entirely new way. I
believe that modern medicine is ready to change its approach to defining and, therefore, treating schizophrenia. A more mature and compassionate form
of medicine is one that is brave enough to look beyond mere symptoms and the interests of pharmaceutical companies, to the underlying causes, no
matter how unlikely they may seem.
The physiological aspects of schizophrenia are real, of course, because they can be observed. Yet I believe it is possible, and more useful, to move
away from biological markers (which are all over the map in this case), and look more closely at the “currents” or base-states of the
schizophrenic’s mind. The schizophrenic mind is like a high-powered jet plane beyond the control of the pilot. Where most people can propel their
conscious mind in the direction they choose with more or less success, shutting out disruptive thoughts, flights on fancy, self-talk, etc, the
schizophrenic mind does not seem to have that same control. More challenging still, the schizophrenic also has a tendency to make connections where
others do not see them. Two disparate and apparently wholly unrelated events can be strung together automatically—through highly creative
speculation—by the schizophrenic mind, so that a cause-and-effect relationship is set up between them that would baffle most people.
These are, in my opinion, the two essential mind-states of the schizophrenic (they categorize the tendencies of the brain machinery, so to speak): the
schizophrenic’s mind ranges wide and finds causality where others would not assume it to be. As a result of these base-states, the schizophrenic
often experiences a profound separation or loss of connection with reality, as it is commonly defined. As they travel further, throwing up more
delusional scaffolding around themselves, they effectively shift away from what is commonly understood as reality.
But would these tendencies, on their own, be enough to cause the symptoms that we can observe in schizophrenics? Let’s look at the common delusions
experienced by schizophrenics:
Paranoid delusions, or delusions of persecution: believing that people are "out to get" you, or the thought that people are doing things when there
is no external evidence that such things are taking place.
Delusions of reference: when things in the environment seem to be directly related to you even though they are not. For example, it may seem as if
people are talking about you or special personal messages are being communicated to you through the TV, radio, or other media.
Somatic Delusions: false beliefs about your body - for example that a terrible physical illness exists or that something foreign is inside or passing
through your body.
Delusions of grandeur: when you believe that you are very special or have special powers or abilities. An example of a grandiose delusion is thinking
you are a famous rock star.
I think it is possible to say that such delusions are helped along by the base-states already discussed, but I would argue that something more is
required. Notice that all of the delusions reference back to the self. It is the schizophrenic’s body that has been infected; it is the
schizophrenic who is special, and receiving special messages through the television; it is the schizophrenic that people are conspiring against. It
seems clear that the schizophrenic’s ego is the beginning and the end-point of all these delusions. If someone were effectively stripped of their
ego, and truly believed that all of humanity were one, equal, unified--that they were no more special than any other being--such delusions would not
manifest in the same way. As such the schizophrenic’s mind is one where certain tendencies exist which are biological and beyond their control, but
where the added aspect of ego-fixation drives the mind into a psychosis of fear and paranoia.
The human ego is essentially a creature of fear and paranoia, and it is most dangerous when it feels inadequate. This may be why there is a clear
correlation between early traumatic experiences, and incidents of schizophrenia. I would argue that children may be born with minds that already
contain the basic schizophrenic mind-states, but not always with a fragile and needy ego. That is often created as a result of some difficult early
experiences. The needy egos that are created as a result of these experiences are particularly damaging to them because of certain remarkable
qualities of their mind.
My belief, then, is that schizophrenic tendencies, do not necessarily a schizophrenic make. I would even argue that with enough love and support (and
by teaching them about the ego from an early age), someone who is in danger of becoming schizophrenic can instead go on to become a fairly highly
functioning artist or scientist. The wild imagination and ability to draw connections, which characterize the schizophrenic mind, can be partly
controlled and directed with a positive self-image and a sense of well being and love for the world. The wild thoughts will still come, but the
negative ego-centered thought patterns will not prevail. I believe then that treatment must start in the home, in the cradle. Parents who recognize
the schizophrenic base-state patterns in their child’s thinking must be especially careful with that child, and work hard to allow them to build up
a positive self image. They will be fighting the societal influences, but they must fight. Love saves.
[edit on 3-7-2008 by Silenceisall]