A Good Reason to be Skeptical Part 2: Schizoaffective Disorder

“Every now and then I hear voices in my head, but not very clear. I can’t understand what they are saying. It’s a mental illness. I have been diagnosed as a manic depressive.” – Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys, considered to be Schizoaffective)

 

As ever with any posting on any psychological disorder understand that no blog is going to be an adequate replacement for actual time with a professional psychologist or doctor. If you have reason to suspect you, or someone you love, may be suffering from schizophrenia or any other psychological disorder please get help. Here are a few GREAT resources that can get you started and may be able to help point you in the direction of proper diagnosis / professional. Thank you.

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/schizophrenia/schizophrenia-treatment-and-recovery.htm

http://schizophrenia.com/invol.html

http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-report/schizophrenia-caregiver-guide/%20help-someone-with-schizophrenia-get-treatment.aspx

 

The multiple diagnosis or the single diagnosis.

One of the most difficult aspects of modern psychology is in dealing with treatment for individuals who have more than one mental illness especially when those illnesses relate to misconceptions within the regular community. Schizoaffective Disorder is understood by many to be the blurred line between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, that may not actually exist, but instead those who are suffering may well actually have a dual diagnosis. This is an issue with some controversy that is worth addressing but for the sake of this article we will be following the assumption that this particular disorder exists of its own kind as well as underlining some of the proposed differences between Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophrenia as they can be understood. Time may well see the dissolvent of Schizoaffective Disorder as a diagnosis within academia in the future but for now we can outline some properties it may be considered to have.

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A Good Reason to be Skeptical Part One: Schizophrenia

“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.” –Philip K. Dick

As ever with any posting on any psychological disorder, understand that no blog is going to be an adequate replacement for actual time with a professional psychologist or doctor. If you have reason to suspect you or someone you love may be suffering from schizophrenia or any other psychological disorder, please get help. Here are a few GREAT resources that can get you started and may be able to help point you in the direction of proper diagnosis / professional. Thank you.

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/schizophrenia/schizophrenia-treatment-and-recovery.htm

http://schizophrenia.com/invol.html

http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-report/schizophrenia-caregiver-guide/%20help-someone-with-schizophrenia-get-treatment.aspx

How many times has someone told you that they heard or saw something that seems incredible? If you’re like me you’re prone to be skeptical, and there are numerous reasons why this is generally the best approach, but one of the best reasons is the existence of mental processing disorders like schizophrenia.
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Secular Philosophy: Countering Pascal

“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” -Christopher Hitchens – God Is Not Great

One of the last bastions of faith is a proposition known as Pascal’s Wager. Presented by the philosopher Blaise Pascal and it goes like this.

  1. “God is, or He is not”

  2. A Game is being played… where heads or tails will turn up.

  3. According to reason, you can defend neither of the propositions.

  4. You must wager (it is not optional).

  5. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.

  6. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. (…) There is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. And so our proposition is of infinite force, when there is the finite to stake in a game where there are equal risks of gain and of loss, and the infinite to gain.

(Taken from Wikipedia)

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Surviving and Coping with Panic Attacks

“If you know people who are suicidal, or if you know people who are bipolar, depressed, have panic attack disorder, just be there for them. They’re going through something that’s very, very hard. – Eric Millegan. (Actor) Eric Millegan on Living (and Acting) with Bipolar Disorder

Let me begin with the following disclaimer – No advice attained in ANY blog or in ANY article online is going to be a valid replacement for actual therapy or medical help. If you are suffering from regular panic attacks or an anxiety disorder please do yourself a favor and get help. No one should have to live in the sort of hell these often serious conditions can create.

Scared_Child_at_Nighttime

Several years ago I suffered from one of the most horrifying experiences I have ever had. It was late in the evening when I was left alone with my thoughts when at once a sense of mortality overwhelmed my mind. I cannot fully put into words the experience psychologically but physically the result was intense fear, a racing heartbeat, and extreme hyperventilation. Pain emanated unforgivingly from my chest and though I was moderately aware of my surroundings I felt as though I was separate from them as I clutched at myself trembling and whimpering in my own little private hell. I can say with absolutely no reservation that this experience was one of the most truly frightening in my entire life.
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Brainwashing and the Involuntary Suspension of Critical Thinking

John_Broadus_Watson“Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I’ll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select.”

-John Watson (The father of Behavioral Sciences) Behaviorism, 1930

 

 

It would seem to be incumbent on behaviorists to not only employ an active reach into the traumas and stresses of those they are beholden to (the communities of their service) but also to actively offer what tools and powers available to protect the people from becoming victims in the same sense. For this reason I feel the necessity to, in the fair brevity of this blog format, offer what small gems of wisdom I can from my studies into Applied Behavioral Sciences.

WAR & CONFLICT BOOK ERA:  KOREAN WAR/PRISONERS

Firstly it is important to identify the problem at hand, in this case the active shaping of the personality and thinking of others, dubbed brainwashing or thought reform, this concept may once have been seen more science fiction than actual science, but has gained considerable credibility since the Korean War wherein American POW’s reported attempts to reshape their personality and thinking by Chinese and North Korean captors.

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