reply to post by qualm91
Any psychiatrist worth having the title and education, though many claim it is and has become even more so ( plus perhaps done as much damage to
pepple as good) a total fraud......despite all that, they will tell you "everyone has a diagnosis." In other words, not only is it very subjective
to even be called a science, it's based quite a bit on statistics, as well, which can be contrived to say almost anything one wants them to, if one
knows how to manipulate them. The DSM has changed greatly over the years, and become more of a tool to incarcerate or silence or remove the rights
through denial of competency by other people's perceptions.
That having been said, obviously, there are true issues for some: I still belileve in things like narcisissm, impulse control disorders, sociopathy,
and have witnessed psychotic episodes, as well. But I'm not too sure how alll that comes about anymore. I don't accept that the answer is
genetic, necessarily, nor physiological, either. Although I've always believed if the chemicals of the brain can be controlled in various ways, such
as seratonin, or anything else that affects the behavior and firing of neurons, the neural sheath, and where those firiings travel, or putting it
another way, how your wiring is working, for this is an electrical mechaniism influenced greatly by chemical balances, so this speaks to physiology,
biology, and even perhaps,, outside or remote influences, which I won't get into because it's not really what your thread is about.
But I wanted tto point this out about psychiatrists themselves saying that you can give anyone a MMPI (Multiphasic Personality Index test) and come
up with some diagnoses, including the psychiatrists. themselves.
And you almost must consider how much we change, what our life situation is at that time, relationships, etc., how much stress one is enduring.....
That's why I wanted to say that to you about the llabel you were given and accepted. We all have issues, problems dealing with ourselves, much less
interfacing with others in the world around us. And as others here have pointed out, diet plays a role, so does exercise, and of course, "nurture,"
in the nature vs. nurture argument.
I'm glad what I had to say meant something to you. I used to write almost exclusively. Then I painted. Then went back to writing. And then some
things were so profound to me and beyond my capacity to speak them, perhaps because the pain of the truth of it in words was too much at thtat
moment, that I found myself drawing it in the middle of my journal writing. It's produced some of the most interesting, emotionally evocative art
I've ever done. And very personal. It's funny....sometimes when I show someone the work, they'll try to turn it sideways, to read the writinng,
rathher than concentrating on the drawing in the middle of it. I find this interesting because it usually reveals something to me about the person
looking at the art, even though this art is so emotive it can be hard for me to show it to people, because it makes my pain about some things so
obvious, and this is a vulnerabiility we don't always want someone to know about us.
May I suggest also a movie, black and white, called Pi, I believe, by Darron Aronofsky. I think that was the director. It's directly related to
the topic of your thread, and a great story of a brilliant mathematician attempting to build a processor capable of reaching the full pattern of
numbers in the solution of Pi, as a mathematical equation.....and what happens to hiim as a result. I think you would find this moviie very
Good luck to you. Embrace yourself, with your faults and try to find a way to see and use them as gifts, increase your empahty for others, and also
use it to know how to protect your vulnerabilities. This, I guess, after all, is the essence of trying to relate to others healthily.
Again, thanks for the thread. I have found it quite inspirational, and I'm not finding that much these days.