posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 08:42 AM
Wow! The first and second posts were very helpful in putting the auditory effects that some who experience schizophrenia have to deal with into a
better perspective. S and F for that.
I have always been fascinated by the different aspects of mental illness. What makes a mind turn a certain way, or people react to things the way they
do. I think that just like anything in life there is not one clear simple path that gets people to whatever place they happen to be. I find it
interesting that different cultures have also had different views of people with schizophrenia, from the "demon possessed" or how about the
"saints" like Joan of Arc who also heard voices in her head. Native Americans would take care of their mentally ill, believing that they were
touched by the gods.
I have dealt with mental illness on different levels, both personally and professionally. I have a B.S.W. and due to my earlier stated fascination on
the brain/mind and how it works my focus while in college was with people who were severely mentally ill. After I graduated I worked in a residential
facility. My older half brother that lived with us for a few years when I was a child became schizophrenic in his young adult years. I myself have
suffered from Major Depression.
So yes this is a personal issue for me and I often pull out the Soap Box when the subject comes up.
I believe that the aspect that angers me the most when it I hear ignorant or uneducated people talk about it, although I have not really seen it yet
on this thread is the mistaken belief that people who have schizophrenia are somehow stupid or not as smart as "normal" people. When a better
argument could be made that they are quite often on the higher side of the scale.
Genetics are believed to play a role, but as in many disorders that have a genetic aspect, it is most often triggered by something, a reaction to
stress or drug use. I believe in my brothers case it was a reaction to the "Make em or Break them" policy of the U.S. Army boot camp brainwashing,
he went in. It is heartbreaking in that it hits young people most often between the ages of 18 to 25, Young adults who more often than not of above
average intelligence with the whole world ahead of them.
From what I understand from my studies and research on the subject, the brain often misinterprets the messages the signals that come in, and it can
also affect sight, taste and smell which can be where the fear of being poisoned can come from. If you gave me some food that did not smell or taste
right to me, I might wonder if you were trying to poison me.
If all your senses are telling you one thing and the people around you are telling you something else, trust is a hard thing to come by.
A lot of the people who lived in the facility where I worked were always walking around with headphones on and music playing, I kinda knew why but
after listening to the first two posts, I understand. Thank you for that .
"Sigh" sorry for such a long post. I told you it was one of my soapbox issues.