Can Being Afraid Of Going Crazy Make You Crazy
Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:47 PM
Excessive worry is bad for the brain and linked to atrophy of the brain and brain cell death. No one can really predict where brain atrophy is going to ultimately lead. That is why it is treated seriously with medication and therapy.
'Crazy' is not really a medical term. It has so many meanings. It is like the word "normal." Societies usually set a mid-range standard for "normal" and label "crazy" whatever falls outside that range.
Crazy Eccentric NORMAL Eccentric Crazy
'Crazy' in the medical sense can refer to serious brain pathology that makes it impossible for one to function in an adaptive manner that is acceptable to the society. Lack of conscience. Lack of awareness of others. If a person can function is some areas of life, like work or relationships or whatever, but has trouble functioning in another area, they are usually "labeled" as having a disorder. If a person cannot function in any area of life due to brain pathology, such as in extreme paranoia or extreme schizophrenia, they are often labeled 'psychotic.' Psychotic, however, is often just a temporary state in some brain illnesses. If a person doesn't have the brain apparatus to function well at all, they are usually "labeled" deficient, not crazy, for example, a person in a coma.
Since "normality" is somewhat of a fluid concept, there is room for eccentricity. But eccentricity is often in the eye of the beholder. Einstein was considered eccentric but not crazy. Usually it is "crazy behaviors" and not "crazy thoughts" that get people in trouble with themselves and the culture [and the guardians of the culture: law enforcement and the courts].
The best person, the only qualified person to determine whether ones's fear of going crazy is making one crazy is a psychatrist. So if one has violent thoughts which one feels are going to end up in violent behavior, a visit to the psychiatrist is the order of the day. Any brain illness can possibly lead to a complete break with reality, and therefore, psychosis. Usually these are temporary but often horrific conditions. They are not the fault of the person. They are part of the symptomology of the illness.
Re-reading this I feel like I haven't answered your question at all. I hope someone else here on the Forum does. Have a nice weekend Ted!!!
Edited by Ep1ctetus, 07 September 2012 - 07:51 PM.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:28 AM
Edited by abigail, 08 September 2012 - 12:49 AM.
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