Mental Illness in Greeneville.
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#1 Dec 17, 2012
Well there are places like church street pavillion and Nolachuckey mental health that provide service to people suffering from mental illnesses so I would assume some of our town's population suffers from some issue of mental health.
Keep yourself anonymous, but hey, who suffers from mental illness? This is a REAL phenomena yall... case you don't remember from psychology class...
Examples of mental illness are
Schizophrenia which is a german word that means schizo(split) phrenia(minded)... it refers to a person who is being "split off from reality". It is commonly confused with M.P.D. or multiple personality disorder, which is an entirely different set of symptoms...
Schizophrenia has a few subsets of diagnosises... or simply ways that a person is split of from reality.
The Paranoid type(paranoid schizophrenia)
This indiviudal suffers from paranoia which is
extreme fear that is backed up with apparent reason on the sufferers part, yet has no basis in reality... not to be confused with simply caution.
They may feel as if people are watching them, talkinga bout them, judging them or even following them. They may feel as if they are being watched by a specific group of people (c.i.a. f.b.i., a secret society of some sort) or that a vauge group of "they" are trying to harm them in some way.
They may also experience hallucinations (hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, or feeling) things that do not have a source in the outside world... or that is not "really" there.
Hearing voices, taunting them, harassing them or even commanding them to do things. Seeing visions or apparitions, spirits, or beings that others do not perceive.
They may also gain delusions of grandeur... believing they are more important than they really are.. They may believe they are famous, that they are a religios figure (such as the Christ, or Budda)... they may believe that they are on a path, or have a special mission (see John Nash A great mind.)
They may experience delusions of reference, feeling as if they are seeing "signs"... that things in the outside world are sending messages to them, like maybe a "god" or some type of "spirit" being...
It is thought that an abnormally high level of a neurotransmitter dopamine is in the brains of these individuals and and over stimulation of the areas that that neurotransmitter regulates create an imbalance in perception, illicit drugs that raise levels of dopamine, in high doses and in periods of frequent use (methamphetamine, cocaine) cause similar symptoms to that of a person experiencing an "episode" of p.schizophrenia...
These are the *positive symptoms of p. schizophrenia. The negative are marked episodes of depression which includes but is not limited to...
decreased energy, decreased interest in activities once enjoyed, decreased care for and managing of hygeine, they may have a "flat" effect to them, they may seem emotionally distant...
Another subset of schizophrenia is Catatonia schizophrenia
this is when an individual is completely cataotonic. They seem completely disconnected from the physical world, blank, they do not move, do not seem to think or feel(though this is up for debate).
and there is Disorganized schizophrenia... a persons thoughts seem to have no linear quality, they do not "make sense" they make up words called "neoglisms", and they toss together seemingly random(yet sensible to them) words in sentences.... this person is just as it says "disorganized" in their mind....
#2 Dec 17, 2012
Schizophrenia is the most debilitating and severe of mental illnesses and is a recognized disease of the BRAIN... the organ that coordinates thoughts, reasoning, and emotions...
Developing schizophrenia would be as if someone had put a drug in your drink and you all of a sudden starting feeling "weird" for no reason at all.... it is not a matter of attitude, distorted thinking, or craving for attention, it is a LEGITIMIATE MEDICAL DISEASE OF THE BRAIN...
brain scans compare the brains of schizophrenics and the average brains and see marked differences of electrical activity and blood flow to the frontal cortex, the region of the brain involved in logic, reasoning, and desicion making skills...
#3 Dec 17, 2012
In my opinion, the second most severe mental illness is Bipolar disorder, or manic depression.
There are 2 types of bipolar.
Bipolar 1 the most severe. Which is where a person switches from periods of depression, lasting a few days to weeks at a time, to periods of mania which last af ew days to weeks at a time...
Depression is characterized by
lack of energy
decreased sense of pleasure
excessive worry and anxiety
suicidial tohughts or attempts
a person who is depressed may seem disinteresed in socializing and things they used to do, keep to them self a lot, sleep a lot... look sad or worried.. have signs of self mutilation or talk of suicide.
In Depression a person simply has episodes of depression but as said above in bipolar 1 they switch from bipolar to mania, which is characterized by
increased self confidence and sociability
delusions of grandeur(can be similar to ones of p.schizophrenia.)
a euphoric feeling without taking drugs
decreased sleep often staying up for days at a time.
a person with bipolar two has episodes of depression followed by episodes of hypo mania which is a less severe form of mania...
they dont have the delusions and psychotic symptoms a manic individual may have....
this as well, is a disease of the brain, an imbalance of brain chemicals leading to unstable mood, personality, and behavior.. it is a SCIENTIFICALLY RECOGNIZED brain disease, and the brains of people who suffer from bpd are different from the brains of the average healthy brain.
#4 Dec 18, 2012
My mother suffers from bipolar disorder, she has for 30+ years. My question is...how does a person deal with such a disorder? Her depression/manic phases are very disturbing and emotionally draining on her loved ones.
#5 Dec 18, 2012
You just described some dudes in my family. Pops use to say that one of his daughter-in-laws was off her rocker. Now her daughter is like her or worse. I don't think they even know how the whole family is talking about them. I don't go around them since pops died cause my brother is just as off his rocker as they are. We all believe they will end up at Woodridge some time.
#6 Dec 19, 2012
Let me tell you a little secret about mental health care in Greeneville and in Tn
If you don't have the right kind of Ins. or make too much money, you simply can't get help.
Lets not forget that TN HS started closing the long term care mental Health facilities. Woodbridge and other shirt term care facilities do not offer anything but simple respite care and a safe place for a couple of days.
TN has hidden mental Health issues away. It will not be a shock when we have our own mass murder tragedy.
#7 Dec 19, 2012
Mental health here is an excuse for disability....that's all it is. I seen it everyday.
#8 Dec 19, 2012
We are all bloody mad!
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