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Psychosis Is Like A Bad Trip

PsychosisVonnegutCoverPsychosis is like having a bad trip on drugs but it never ends.  You are no longer in control of your own mind and you may not even know that you are not in your right mind.  You might do some crazy things that hurt others.  It used to might have even sent you to “prison” at an insane asylum.  Lock them up and throw the key away.

The closest I ever got recently was when I was  coming out of back surgery and having an IV for a pain pump.  I know I pushed it too much and time crawled by.  I just wanted it to wear off; but I knew I was “not in my right mind”.  What if I didn’t know and was that way anyway and had no control over my trip.  I apologized to several different people for what I might have said or did at that time.

At a very young age I had visual hallucinations from taking codeine cough srup for my asthma.  I saw orange and green bugs everywhere and they didn’t go away when my mom turned my light on.  When the codeine wore off, the hallucinations went away.  Seeing is believing.

Also this happens when someone like my father has Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia (my dad’s was Parkinson’s)and we have been more aware what that is like with all the coverage the victims and caregivers have been given.  Victims are frequently not themselves and don’t know it.  The frightening thing is that many victims (with our new ability to diagnosis this early) know what is going to happen to them.  Because these people are so hard to care for nursing homes have developed special locked Alzheimer’s units so they can’t get away and get lost not knowing who they are, where they are going, and where they came from.

People with paranoia can get very dangerous ideas.  They often feel that somebody is out to get them.  Voices in their heads tell them to do bad things. They may think that they have a special mission in this world and that they have to fulfill it no matter what they have to do.

When do we take away a person’s personal freedoms?  Why don’t we have places for them to go that recognize that they have special needs and meet them.  Diabetes is more accepted than psychosis.  It can be the person’s own personal hell.  When people are incapacitated because of these changes in their brain where do we put them?  Do we care for them.? There are illnesses of all kinds, some are socially acceptable.  These people get treated and others who do not get socially acceptable diseases are not.  We often allege that people suffering from mental illness want to be that way and that they choose their own path.

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Hurt Feelings, Things We May Not Talk About

If we say something and someone has hurt feelings, does this mean that there are certain things we may not talk about?  Are we automatically in trouble because we did not know that saying what we said would upset somebody else?  In a democracy, we have freedom of speech or do we?

A Firing Offense

A Firing Offense (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is it a firing offense to say something that a patron, client,  or customer takes offense to even if you didn’t know beforehand that they would?  Would your boss or supervisor back you up in this situation? or would he or she throw you on the sacrificial altar of customer satisfaction and client good will?

The shoe has been on the other foot.  It creeps me out to listen to satanic rock music, discuss dental procedures in detail, witness autopsies, or see or handle snakes. I have strong personal spiritual and moral values which I do not attempt to shove down other people’s throats.  Other people have not been as kind to me.

I grew up in a family where you would occasionally hear cuss words used and nobody got upset and where my father would get gifts of liquor from business associates which he never opened and I married into a family that took offense at the use of cuss words, but some of whose members did occasionally take  a drink and might have even had an alcohol problem.  I had to remember what I could do where.  Currently I personally have forsaken cussing and drink very little, if any, alcohol.

Personally I have gotten in trouble in the past for not saying pot smoking was wrong because it was a bad drug, but only because it was illegal.  That is not what I think now.  I also have gotten in trouble for saying that men who did not go to war in World War II were called yellow bellies; because they were thought to be cowards whatever the reason why they did not fight.  I was not a man then and did not realize how sensitive this issue was.

Tolerance is a virtue.  Freedom involves being able to say or believe something without someone of different beliefs or practices saying theirs supercede yours and stopping you.  In return for this courtesy,  we can temper our usage of what someone else considers bad language and we can not engage in things that are openly offensive to others when we don’t have to.  When we share space in this world with others; we should make it as pleasant an experience as possible when we have no reason not to.

 

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