What is Crazy?

 

There are a lot of perceptions as to what crazy truly is. There are a lot of variations to being crazy such as, being “crazy” about someone, or being “crazy” busy, or the original usage meaning to be “mentally deranged, especially as manifested in a wild or aggressive way” and for those what this truly means, being “mentally deranged” means to be “in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill.” This kind of behavior is generally categorized as having a mental disorder called Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a serious disorder which affects how a person thinks, feels and acts. Someone with schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary; may be unresponsive or withdrawn; and may have difficulty expressing normal emotions in social situations. We do not know yet what causes this mental disease but scientists recognize that the disorder tends to run in families and that a person inherits a tendency to develop the disease. Similar to some other genetically-related illnesses, schizophrenia may appear when the body undergoes hormonal and physical changes (like those that occur during puberty in the teen and young adult years) or after dealing with highly stressful situations. Some early warning signs of having Schizophrenia are hearing or seeing something that isn’t there, a constant feeling of being watched, peculiar or nonsensical way of speaking or writing, strange body positioning, feeling indifferent to very important situations, deterioration of academic or work performance, a change in personal hygiene and appearance, a change in personality, increasing withdrawal from social situations, irrational, angry or fearful response to loved ones, inability to sleep or concentrate, inappropriate or bizarre behavior, and extreme preoccupation with religion or the occult. It only affects about 1% of the worlds population. In the United States one in a hundred people, about 2.5 million, have this disease. It knows no racial, cultural or economic boundaries. These are a few symptoms of Schizophrenia, 

Delusions –false ideas–individuals may believe that someone is spying on him or her, or that they are someone famous (or a religious figure).

Hallucinations –seeing, feeling, tasting, hearing or smelling something that doesn’t really exist. The most common experience is hearing imaginary voices that give commands or comments to the individual.

Disordered thinking and speech –moving from one topic to another, in a nonsensical fashion. Individuals may also make up their own words or sounds, rhyme in a way that doesn’t make sense, or repeat words and ideas.

Disorganized behavior –this can range from having problems with routine behaviors like hygiene or chosing appropriate clothing for the weather, to unprovoked outbursts, to impulsive and uninhibited actions. A person may also have movements that seem anxious, agitated, tense or constant without any apparent reason. 

Some other ones are social withdrawal, extreme apathy (lack of interest or enthusiasm), lack of drive or initiative,  and emotional flatness.

You can take some form of medication to keep this behavior under control and you can actually live a normal live. Contrary to public perception, schizophrenia is not split personality or multiple personality. The vast majority of people with schizophrenia are not violent and do not pose a danger to others. Schizophrenia is not caused by childhood experiences, poor parenting or lack of willpower, nor are the symptoms identical for each person.

If you or a loved one experience several of these symptoms for more than two weeks, seek help immediately.

“Schizophrenia.” Mental Health America. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2016.

Feature, Katherine KamWebMD. “What ‘Am I Crazy?’ Really Means.”WebMD. WebMD, n.d.             Web. 13 Oct. 2016.

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