I Am A Psychology Student With Possibably An Undiagnosed Disorder. Ask Me Anything.

The first thing they tell you when taking pyschology courses is "do not try to analyze you, you friends, family, or classmates" Common knowledge says that every person does/has/will exhibit one or two "sympotms" of many (if not possiably all) mental illness.

But I truly feel like something is wrong with me. I was diagnosed as having mild depression and schitzophrenia does run in my family. *a little side not on that: did you know that research was done in Iceland on schitzophrenia and they found that people who are pre-disposed to the disorder follow this pattern: have family history of the disease, are female, are born in the winter months, and several others that I can't remember off the top of my head right now. I only remember the first three because they describe me to a "t".

Anyway, ask me anything.

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7 Responses Feb 21, 2010

Well I did say to correct me if I was wrong. <br />
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Sociocultural means any social aspect of a persons enviornment (school, family, work, ect.). <br />
Personal, I feel it is a little of both, dysfuncional enviornment and genetics, that can cause mental illness. <br />
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fyi, I am not just "learning from those who talk the talk". I do have experience with living under the title of "mentally ill". Depression, even if it's not major, is still a mental illness that I live with and get treatment for.

You know, I took Abnormal Psych in college too. I did not say religion. I am telling you the individual has a wounded spirit. For me life experience shows me that the genetic predisposition is still up for debate. Please define "sociocultural." To me, that is dysfunctional families, schools, churches, etc. A dysfunctional environment will produce "mentally ill" individuals. I stand by my statement because you are learning from those who talk the talk, whereas I have learned all this from life experience by those who have walked this walk. Those individuals who have a faith practice always do better--why? They are working on healing their spirit. Rickie Lee

To Rickie Lee<br />
It sounds to me, correct me if I am wrong, that what you are suggesting is that pyschologist should consider incorrperating religion, or aspects of it, into therapy. Personally, I feel that may work with people who suffer from substance abuse, PTSD or anything similar. Religion may have/can have/does have theraputic elements to it that may work for a few people. However, if you are dealing with a person who is haveing a psychotic break from reality, that may not work entierly.<br />
Please understand that religion is not far out of the realm of psychology. <br />
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"Abnormal behavior arises from a complex set of determinats in the body, the mind, and the social contex of the individual." <br />
"...diathesis-stress model, according to which people are born with a predisposition (or "diathesis") that places them at risk for developing a pyscholpogical disorder. Presumably, this vulnerability is genetic, although some theorisit have proposed that the vulnerability may also be acquired due to early life events,..." "When stress enters the picture, the person who carries such vulnerability is at considerable risk of developing the disorder to which he or she is prone."<br />
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What all that above (which you can find in: "Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectivies on Psychological Disorders" by Halgin and Whitbourne) basically says is that people develope psychological disorders/illness because of either (or combination of some or all) biological, psychological, or sociocultural reasons. Some of these factors can not be stoped or fully controlled.

I think the reason it runs in families is because of the dysfunction in families that passes down unchecked through the generations and noone stops it. Unless it is early childhood onset, I would rather say that most mental illnesses are more akin to Post traumatic stress disorder from being a vicim in a dysfunctional situation where there is no escape. The families don't visit because they don't want to be reminded of their own reprehensible behavior. <br />
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Until psychiatry recognizes the existance and the power of the human spirit, all that happens is that people are perhaps leveled out and exist rather than live and experience some joy in life. When there is trauma to an individual the deepest most cruel wound is to the human spirit, and until that is addressed, the individual stays sick and remains in their minds a victim. When there is contact with a Divine source, then true healing can begin. This is a very painful process and may take a life time to complete. As long as our society is sick, mental illness will be on the increase, especially in children. Love and Light, Rickie Lee

I always thought something was wrong with me, even before I ever took a psychology class. <br />
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I chose this path because the psych classes I took in high school and early college were the most fasinating to me. The way people work (mentally, physically) it all fasinates me. I also chose this because people used to hint to me that I should consider a caree in psychology becuase I was a good listener and everyone just naturally came to me and (I guess) felt comfortable talking to me. <br />
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Medicating people...originally I wanted to be a psychiatrist, so I'm going to try to be bisased in my feelings on medication. For some people if thier illness is sever enough that therapy alone is not enough then medication is deffinatly an option. Medication is not the fix all solution. There is no little pill that is going to make everything 100% better. Sadly, what I think is discrediting many psychiatrist and making it seem as though medication is a bad thing is that you have many people self diagnosing or fals diagnosing and handing out medication like nothing. We need tighter rules and regulations for this area. <br />
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My family doesn't really talk too much about my aunt who has schizophrenia. She has been in mental hospitals since her daughter was a young child, long before I was a twinkle in my parents eyes. All I know is that she is a Paranoid Schizophrenic, she is/was very intelligent, she is very manipulative, and my father (her brother) and her daughter rarely go to see her. <br />
My parents told me they were always worried about me becoming schizophrenic so they looked for the signs that they (well my father) noticed in his sister. What they failed to understand though was that with schitzophrenia it is very difficult if not almost impossible to detect in children. By the age of about 17/18-25 is when it is most likely to develop and therfore so symptoms/signs. I currently fall in that age range and my slight paranoia about certain things has become somewhat of a family joke simply because it is believed that it is a product of me watching one too many horror films growing up.

Did you think you had an unknown disorder before you started studying psychology? Or did you start assuming that after reading some symptoms? Do you ever think that you subconsciously chose this profession to try to understand yourself better?<br />
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As a future psychologist, do you agree with medicating people? Or would you think twice about referring someone to a psychiatrist? <br />
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What's it like living in a family where someone is a schizophrenic?

I like it, well...I like studing the clinical side. The research side kicked my *** shamlessly and I didn't find fun, it was only slightly interesting, and I hated the statistics classes involved. Other then that I think all the classes are fun and interesting and they get you thinking. If you are a person who is always curious and questioning why people are the way they are or why they do what they do, you'll like it.