Psychotic Symptoms Relating to Schizophrenia
A – Characteristic symptoms - *two or more of the following, one month, less if treated:
3. Disorganized Speech
4. Disorganized or Catatonic Behavior
5. Negative symptoms
B – Social/Occupations Dysfunction
*One or more areas of functioning, work, self care or interpersonal relationship.
C – Duration
- continuous signs of disturbance for six months
- Continuous criteria for a month, less if treated
- May also include Prodromal / residual symptoms
Schizoaffective Disorder – Case Study
26 year old female bank officer
- No relevant family, past or medical history
- Separated from husband for 4 months
- Brother was jailed a month ago.
- Moved in with her parents a month ago.
- Gradual deterioration in her functioning.
- Found in a “confused” state in a railway station.
- Agitated, hallucinating with marked thought disorder
- Voices making comments about her.
- Command hallucinations to kill herself.
- Hospitalized and treated with antipsychotics.
- Discharged c/o mother with follow up.
- Readmitted after 6 months.
- Anxiety, insomnia and auditory hallucinations.
- Convinced mother was going to hurt her.
- TV is controlling her, others can read her mind.
- Also, prominent manic symptoms for 3 wks.
- Shopping sprees, not sleeping, pacing for much of the night.
- Convinced that God, too, was talking to her.
- Someone was touching and arousing her sexuality.
- Hardly slept for 3 nights prior to admission.
- Hyperactive, disruptive, excites and irritable.
- Hypersexual, convinced she would heal everyone.
- Treated with Fluphenazine & Lico3.
- Improved within the next 6 months.
Spontaneous Kundalini Awakening Symptoms
1. Pranic movements or kriyas; ‘Prana is the Hindu word for vital energy. Thus as intense energy moves through the body and clears out
physiological blocks, a person may experience intense involuntary, jerking movements of the body, including shaking, vibrations, spasm and
2. Yogic Phenomena; ‘Some people find themselves performing yogic postures or hand mudra gestures which they have never learned or could not do in a
normal state of consciousness. Similarly, they may produce Sanskrit words or sounds, or have an awareness of inner music or sound, mantras or
3. Physiological Symptoms; ‘...often generates unusual physiological activity as intense movement of energy releases toxins in the body. Symptoms
include apparent heart problems, pains in head and spine, gastrointestinal disturbances and nervous problems. Internal sensations have been reported
as sensations of burning, oversensitivity to sensory input, hyperactivity or lethargy,...’
4.Psychological Upheaval; ‘...a direct challenge to the primacy of ego consciousness and the myth of separation. It brings with it a challenge to
move beyond the unconscious responses ruled by drives and instincts and remove ego consciousness from the centre stage of the psyche. It comes as no
surprise that such a challenge produces a period of confusion and unbalance. People find themselves beset by inexplicable emotional states as they
move to clear out unresolved issues. The emotional roller coaster may swing from feelings of anxiety, guilt and depression, through to compassion,
love and joy, with accompanying bouts of uncontrollable weeping.’
5. Extra Sensory Experiences; ‘As perception expands outside of consensus reality, people experience atypical visual phenomena, including visions of
lights, symbols, entities, or review of past life experiences. Auditory input may include hearing voices, music, inner sounds or mantras. Even the
olfactory system may be stimulated with perception of scents of sandalwood, rose or incense. There may also be disruption of the proprioceptive
system, with losing a sense of self as a body, or feeling bigger than the body, or out of the body, with the resulting confusion and
6. Psychic Phenomena; ‘With the opening up of psychic abilities, a person may experience precognition, telepathy, psychokinesis, awareness of auras
and healing abilities.’
7. Mystical States of Consciousness; ‘A person may shift into altered states of consciousness where they directly perceive the unity underlying the
world of separation and experience a deep peace and serenity with a profound knowing of wisdom. In some cases, the state of emergency due to
psychological upheaval is so acute that it resembles a psychotic episode. Many clinicians still regard phenomena associated with spiritual emergence
as indicative of pathology because the signs are so easily confused with the indicators of psychosis, mania, depression, schizophrenia or borderline
personality disorder. Many people undergoing spiritual emergency are misdiagnosed and treated with suppressive medication which further complicates
Language is such a curse to us sometimes. Here’s the symptom list for a psilocybin trip
‘At low doses, mushrooms induce a tingling body feeling and sense of euphoria and lightness. You may feel happy and giggly. Colors seem more
vibrant, music sounds richer.
Simply put, it alters and expands consciousness by loosening or -- at higher doses- completely erasing the normal filters and screens between your
conscious mind and the outside world.
With these filters down, more information rushes in and you become aware of things normally filtered out by your mind. You sense more, think more,
feel more -- visual, auditory, sensory, emotional -- the intricate details on surfaces, the richness of sound, the brightness of colors, and the
complexity of your own mental processes.’
I see each of the altered states above as being pretty much the same experience. It’s the circumstances of how, where and when that experience
occurs that makes the difference as well as the perspective of those around you at the time.
Psychiatry, basically being anti-religious and motivated by cash, will tend to label anyone going through any altered state as ‘ill’ requiring
lifelong medication. It sticks steadfastly with its bio-medical model to explain these symptoms and ignores the ‘social model’. They say it’s
the cost but really it’s their jobs.
If the social model was to be used as the paradigm to explain psychotic breaks i.e. consideration of life stressors; money, relationship probs and/or
being victim of abuse be it sexual, emotional, physical alcohol or drugs, would be a part of the treatment process. While psychiatry does demonstrate
a passing interest in these matters it considers its role to ask the question, ‘This person is high. What drug will bring them down?’ It would be
psychologists who would deal with psychotic patients using the social model – a psychiatrist being seen as infrequently as a psychologist is seen by
a sufferer is today. Using the social model would tend to get to the root cause of the psychosis. Psychiatry simply sticks a plaster on the
Emotional issues? See a psychologist. Brain probs? See a neurologist. In my perfect world there would be no psychiatry.
A full blown psychotic break will tend to last for around 6 weeks whether medication is taken or not. (The build up can be apparent for much longer
and the damage to personal life can be irreparable). The body cannot cope physically for much longer and simply falls down in exhaustion.
Next kundalini – a very similar symptom list to psychosis. I have listed the symptoms for spontaneous kundalini awakening because many people spend
years trying to achieve this state while with others it just ‘happens’. Those who ‘prepare’ are extremely familiar with what they might
expect should they succeed in their aims whereas those who experience the kundalini energy spontaneously are often diagnosed with...psychosis.
When people seek a profound spiritual experience they will often fast to prepare. When people are in the build up to psychosis they tend not to eat.
It amounts to the same thing. In my view people subjected to accumulating life stressors accidently fill the criterion for kundalini awakening
Those who experience spontaneous kundalini awakening can, due to their lack of training/preparation, often think that they are
reported by both labels is that sense of oneness with the All which bring me nicely to my last point – the mushroom trip.
In a recently aired TV show, ‘The Brain: A Secret History – Mind Control’ (6 January 2011) the presenter discusses some of the extremely cruel
psychological experimentation that has taken place over the past 100 years. During the show, in a lab environment, he is given a dose of psilocybin
while in a CT scanner. He had nothing but positive experiences to report, including that sense of oneness, but interestingly when they looked at his
scan afterwards they could see what parts of the brain had been affected. It seems that the area of the brain that gives us our sense of self is
virtually closed down which may be an explanation for that ‘one with everything’ experienced by the psychotics and those going through kundalini
The Brain: A Secret History - Mind Control (Vid)
In summary, if an individual is given psilocybin without their knowledge (or the knowledge of anyone in the vicinity) chances are they will think one
of 2 things - they have gone completely mad - or they will feel the most spiritually connected they have in their entire lives. Anyone around them
would likely go with the former. I submit that all three experience amount to largely the same thing.