It’s happening again.
I don’t think I can stop it this time; I’ve tried, I really have but . . . it’s just . . . it’s too strong.
The urge to rant and label some dumbasses is just too damn high!
In the midst of writing another article for a different website, I find myself disturbed that there’s a push in the industry trying to get all psychiatric disorders labeled as Neurological disorders, or disorders of the Central Nervous System.
This month in the British Journal of Psychiatry a study was just published that revealed that Psychiatric disorders are distinctly different than neurological disorders. You know, Epilepsy is different than Bipolar. I guess that was a surprise. I . . . I don’t know how.
We all know the one thing that pushes motivation towards relabeling mental disorders is treatment. More equipment in hospitals–insurance could be swimming in some more millions if you have to be treated with a machine rather than a person–and more medication because you suddenly have a “neurological” illness. Because you’re helpless. You’re all just helpless sacks of nothingness who need to bend to the will of your mind and the will of some dudes in suits. Sorry.
No one is debating that neurological disorders can have similar symptoms with psychiatric disorders. People with epilepsy often have some distinct mood swings. But people with mood swings don’t have irregular electrical activity in their brain–or else they’d be seizing too. Take it from someone who has witnessed both from the moment they were born.
Of course symptoms are going to share some characteristics! For God’s sake, how stupid do these people think the general public is?
Well, that’s kind of a loaded question.
But all you have to do it think about it. Take a break from considering yourself hopeless and helpless and just think. Here, I’ll help:
Since everyone today is obsessed with the biological part of their “disorders”, I’ll follow that train of thought accordingly and hold my tongue on all the reasons why this is the worst way to look at psychiatric disorders if it’s all you pay attention to. You have one brain right? That one brain is a mix of chemical signals and electrical signals. The chemical signals take a little bit longer (but let’s be honest, a little bit longer is in, what, microseconds?) to transmit a message and they require electrical activity to stimulate the neurons to reach an “Action Potential” before the chemicals get released.
Let’s just be really, really general here. If your electrical activity is bouncing all over the place like a kid who just got a Pogo stick and doesn’t know how to ride it yet, than yes, it’s going to unknowingly release some chemicals but it’s also going to effect many other parts of your body that rely on those electrical signals like your muscular system. If your muscles ran off neurotransmitters, holly shit . . . our heart beats would be erratic and as moody as us, and when your daughter hits a soft ball you’re reflexes aren’t going to be able to block the ball from your crotch. Everything would be slow and the body can’t have it’s nervous system not on point. It needs to be one-hunit all the time.
In psychiatric disorders yes, we see depletion in some neurotransmitters and an increase in others. I couldn’t write this without saying we have no idea why. So when your doctor says you’re depressed, just remember he doesn’t even really know what that means. Your diagnosis is a set of criteria still being studied. Nothing is definite. We go off very loose patterns of behavior.
We’re all in this bowl of soup together. You and your doctor and your psychiatrist and your psychologist.
Which is why medication works for some and doesn’t for others. Because who fucking knows? I don’t know, do you know? Do they know? No! All they know is that Risperdal worked for him but almost killed her. That’s all they know. Patterns and symptoms.
Life is about trial and error. Sometimes the error is really severe. Sometimes there is no error and we call that the “right” way, when really it was just a coincidence.
So when they see the increase in Serotonin in Social Anxiety that they do now (yes, if you’re just tuning in to this reality, A Finnish study revealed in social anxiety it’s a increase in Serotonin, not a decrease, so it explains the issues behind SSRI’s and Social Phobia) it serves as a very good reminder that we have no clue what we’re doing. Regardless when you get a medication for anxiety for serotonin, it mimics the shape of a serotonin molecule so it fits in the receptors and blocks reuptake of the real serotonin already in your synapse. Like this:
Different drugs do different things depending on whether they serve to increase or decrease your neurotransmitters. But they don’t cause electrical activity to bounce on a Pogo stick. Because something as simple as a thought can change how your chemicals run. I don’t remember ever learning that thoughts can stop your seizures or the tremors caused from Parkinson’s.
Electricity and chemicals work together and because each person’s brain is as unique as a fingerprint, of course we’re going to see different people with different symptoms and in some cases we’re going to see an overlap in symptoms. If your electrical signals were separate from your neurotransmitters well shit, your Epilepsy wouldn’t ever trigger mood swings.
Bipolar disorder can’t cause Respiratory failure; seizures can.
Schizophrenia doesn’t come with Multiple System Atrophy; Parkinson’s Disease can.
Just because mood swings accompany epilepsy doesn’t mean it can be compared to Bipolar disorder and just because Dopamine has seen to be a prime suspect in Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s does not mean they’re the same type of illness.
I fucking dare you to start coming at me with the “but, but . . . there’s an increase of people with Schizophrenia at risk for diabetes and heart disease, I read it in People!”
If you’re reading that bullshit and you’re reading it from a magazine or source that doesn’t mention these people they study are often on some heavy anti-psychotics in a mental health clinic, than I suggest you just sew your lips shut and get away from me.
The link isn’t between Schizophrenia and diabetes, the link is between people suffering with Schizophrenia who have to take three or four or more different medications. No shit there’s going to be weight gain. Weight gain can cause heart disease and diabetes. Not in everyone, but in many people. Schizophrenia didn’t cause shit.
All I’m saying is tell the truth. I’m not bashing the medication (although we really, really need to get a hold on that), I’m just saying tell the truth about how horrible it can be.
It’s a matter of perspective. Because of that, you have to up your level of scrutiny when you read things. Or else we’ll come across a day when your doctor diagnoses your anxiety as a neurological disease. You don’t want that.
Ask anyone who has a neurological disorder–that’s a true sense of loss of control.
All of these health issues are valid, both Mental disorders and Neurological disorders. Neither are worse than the other; we all suffer with their symptoms and we all succeed in managing to live our lives.
But I’ll be damned if you think you have the right to relate my anxiety that I can breathe and distract myself from to the man with narcolepsy who can’t laugh without falling asleep for a half an hour.