Life Events Chemical Reactions, How Does the Average Person Fit into Mental Health?
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
Life events, it could be said always trigger chemical reactions in the brain negative and positive. This could be one theory for how mental health involving mood and depression plays out. Periods of inactivity are said to create depression and be one of depressions key protagonists. Replacing inactivity with activities that give you joy and accomplishment are therapeutic and effective. The average person may experience mental health crises from a variety of events that occur in their life. One could probably use a well written online encyclopedia like Wikipedia to find a “placement” for their depression and begin to decode its origin.
Illnesses like schizophrenia appear to have come closer to a cured status. Many patients are returning to work. However many with mental illness experience long term repercussions in the workplace due to friends and family members casual banter and gossip. It’s possible a friend or family member could speak about one’s personal health issues to even hundreds of people and sometimes resort to writing books or going on talk shows or accessing the media. It’s not far-fetched that within one’s circle hundreds of people are negatively speaking about them. People will begin to describe a person with mental illness, with their illness, always and sometimes only.
Many people when they become mentally ill withdraw necessarily from relationships and rekindle relationships when they are well and on their feet. The smart ones will preserve their relationships and rejoin friends and family at a later date. It’s very important that people who speak to their friends about their health explicitly ask them to, “Keep my confidence,” and sometimes even threatening to “sue a big mouth.”
Doctors often fail to have adequate respect for the brain and its issues but instead monsterize, criminalize and make legal, disease issues with Alternative Treatment Orders or (ATO). Some researchers make tall claims of “friendlessness” and defame patients in their literature. Generally, people with mental health issues are often trumped by HIV and Cancer and get very little compassion-people rarely bring gifts or flowers when they are hospitalized. Many suffer alone. Some may spend months in the hospital or will go to the hospital 10 to 15 times during acute periods. Some may even spend years in the hospital with no sympathy whatsoever. Mental illness may be one of the most stigmatized illnesses where the lack of compassion and respect is extreme. Many experience crisis centers or loss of housing and loss of belongings. Homelessness was common for the illness and is another one that should not be branded or said. It should always be said a “person without housing,” not a homeless, which kills their being and self-esteem for a temporary state not a birthright.
Some doctors use creative methods to work with those tragically ill and perhaps will give you a piece of candy so you will cooperate. Others will become obsessed with ideas like the “smart schizophrenic” who is soupy, and has sensitized his or her brain which has become perhaps good at analysis, or synthesis, or populating long lists of information. Perhaps the smarter the better?
What’s good for a schizophrenic is to avoid violent literature and films, including horror and instead take to scholarship, that is generally how you get the “smart schizophrenic.”
One theory is that if you open up a location on the brains strings you can untie it, then give it therapy or rewrite those strings even with erasure, retie them and give yourself something positive to come back to. One has to be careful to open and also close those areas and not leave a therapy patient within a traumatic state. That particular therapy is called “String Therapy.” Some people returning to traumatic events have “repeat wounds” and may need therapies like String Therapy. If you find yourself talking over and over about the same wound-that is a repeat wound.
Branding has devastated many patients of mental health that were called their illness. No one would want to be called “canceric,” and many cancer patients experienced higher self-esteem than other patients that experienced heavy branding. Many actors like to play cancer patients and feel proud to portray the illness. The schizophrenic title literally brands and harms the patient and should be made illegal. No one is that, people sadly experience that illness, but no one is that. Originators within the mental health field suffer similar stigma to the patients with negative titles of a poorly named and coded field. What would be a great alternative for mental health would be Serwagi Sani as doctors, sanitarium as a mental hospital, or Sani as mental health as something respectful, loving and with beauty.
People generally suffer alot of disease humiliation such as movement disorders like mouth movements, spinning or swaying, mild affect, weight gain from medications, insulin disorders, diabetes etc.
If you get lucky you get a doctor who has an evidence based research that will actually cure you. If you wait long enough medications are also improving and what temporarily healed you, may long term heal you with a long acting injection which is the case right now for schizophrenia, which could be followed by what will permanently heal you soon after. In terms of advanced therapies for depression and advanced medications for schizophrenia, both appear to be on the mend and near more permanent cures.
Group Therapies are also improving for mental health. One diabetes study was using a technique where you divide your day into sleep, presence, activity, creativity and eating. Mood-Lifters is currently being researched at the University of Michigan and it utilizes behavior, sleep, mind, body, mood, and social. Setting goals often helps patients using a SMART index of measurable and achievable goal setting. One patient said it’s like you have “to keep pushing positive,” sometimes writing daily goals and ticking them off is the real “inch up.”