Were you prescribed drugs as a
for improving your relationships?
Self-medication with alcohol or nicotine, or
other-medication with prescription
anti-depressants or stimulants,
is easier than applying
and relationship skills
to complex relationship issues - but ...
Drugs are cheaper for the patient (in the short
term) and much more profitable
for health professionals, but the consequences of psychoactive drugs are
unacceptable to many people. What else can you do?
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Most normal, ordinary people can remember intense emotional
experiences. Have you ever felt angry enough to hurt someone? Or
depressed enough to hurt yourself? Or stuck in some HUGE conflict?
Or obsessed with something (like finding a washroom) NOW? Have
you ever been unsure if a dream was really a dream? Imagine that
sense lasting for weeks ... and you may have a vague idea of what
psychosis might be like!
What is Real ... What is Imagined?
Some people appear unable to differentiate between
real and unreal experiences, logical and illogical thoughts, or
appropriate and inappropriate behavior. They may be diagnosed by a
health professional as suffering from psychosis or schizophrenia.
These opinions cannot be supported or rejected by laboratory
tests, and may be mistaken for other problems (such as allergies to common foods).
Scary labels like schizophrenia are opinions, applied
to people who appear to lose contact with a cultural or shared
reality. No cure for schizophrenia has been accepted by Western
medicine. If people diagnosed with schizophrenia find lasting,
drug-free solutions ... it wasn't schizophrenia. And if a patient
disagrees with such an opinion - that's called resistance or denial.
The duration of symptoms is critical. A combination of bizarre
behavior, disorganized speech and/or social withdrawal
may accompany severe hangover, a few days of sleep deprivation (e.g.
jet-lag following flights from Hawaii
to Europe) or a fever. If these symptoms last a few months,
someone may be diagnosed as psychotic.
The terrible label of schizophrenia,
as much as the symptoms, can devastate lives.
Russia, dissidents could be diagnosed with schizophrenia without
symptoms and be imprisoned. Something similar may occur in
military organizations, prisons and cult-like organizations.
People with views not accepted by social leaders
are very often called mentally disturbed.
The differences between normal and psychotic
are blurred. Psychoses refer to lost contact with reality ... yet
the symptoms are exaggerated normal reactions. Dr R.D. Laing
suggested that: Psychosis is a healthy response to insane conditions.
The symptoms associated with schizophrenia can impair a personís
ability to work, study, relate, or take care of oneself. Some people
diagnosed with schizophrenia are hospitalized to prevent them harming
themselves - or others.
Tragically, many homeless or street people seem to have symptoms
of psychosis, but they cannot afford medical treatment nor specialized care.
The medical and the systemic
coaching models are different in how behavior is perceived and
interpreted. Yet medicine and systemic solutions both start from
observed symptoms and both aim to provide appropriate treatment via
accurate diagnosis. Ana Pejcinova, PhD
Symptoms of schizophrenia can be arranged into three overlapping
groups called: positive symptoms (excesses of thought, emotion
and behavior), negative symptoms (deficits of emotion and behavior)
and psychomotor symptoms. People with positive symptoms are often
prescribed antipsychotic drugs, while psychomotor symptoms can limit
relationships and disrupt everyday events.
The more obvious positive symptoms are inappropriate
behaviors: unexpected movements and disorganized speech,
describing delusions (e.g. persecution), heightened perceptions
and hallucinations. These indicate internal chaos and an inability
to differentiate between subjective thoughts and objective reality.
The so-called negative symptoms or deficits may seem to
show a lack of interest in other people and in the world. Their inexpressive
faces, monotonic and monosyllabic speech, few gestures, inability to express
pleasure or act spontaneously may motivate other people to avoid them.
The psychomotor symptoms include awkward movements,
repeated grimaces and unusual gestures. These symptoms may take
an extreme form called catatonia, and include stupor, rigidity
and posturing. Some movements may appear to be made for magical
or religious reasons.
People labeled as
schizophrenia may research their diagnosis -
and become depressed or suicidal. Their depression may be a
reaction to their diagnosis - not to their symptoms.
Most symptoms associated with schizophrenia develop
between the ages of 15 and 30. This is the age range where most people
wish to commence a committed partnership leading to parenthood. Some
people cannot consider partnership or parenthood due to identity issues
and toxic relationship beliefs. Their abreaction
to this lost chance of happiness may be severe; and they may cling to
their symptoms to justify their inability to communicate.
My son was diagnosed with
schizophrenia and takes drugs to control his symptoms ... However
he likes his symptoms and sometimes stops taking his drugs just to enjoy
"other-world" communications that he does not want to lose.
These symptoms often become less severe as people age. About 25% of people
with symptoms of schizophrenia become symptom-free later in life, perhaps as the
genetic imperatives and emotional demands for partnership and parenthood lessen.
We find that people are whole, creative and resourceful Ö
and we coach many people to access or better use their own
resources. If we suspect that a person shows psychotic behavior,
we refer that person for medical or psychiatric evaluation.
We do not diagnose or treat disorders, rather we help people
explore their emotions and improve their relationships.
- We are collaborators not experts
- We help people find their own wisdom
- We coach people to improve their lives
- We do not diagnose or treat mental health disorders
- We focus on a personís whole life; not only on symptoms
- We focus on the present and future; not so much on the past
We sometimes work with psychiatrists to help people diagnosed with schizophrenic symptoms
to express their feelings appropriately - for example to to adjust their
voices and facial expressions during communications with family members
and in other relationships. This may include rehearsing social interactions
and exploring the emotions that surface.
Please consult a physician about medical conditions.
Contact us to resolve negative emotions and
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