The psychological community, as far as I know, considers mental illness a permanent disease. This is what I was told about depression when I was diagnosed with it. I suspect that the same goes for the other main mental illnesses. I disagree with this notion that the psychological community has.
I also disagree with the psychological community on many things. I have been studying psychology on my own time for 22 years. By this I mean that I've read many different books on psychology and have watched many documentaries about different people with different types of psychological disorders and I watch different shows about psychology. I've also been associated with people with many different types of disorders--all of whom were diagnosed with different mental illnesses.
It is my contention that most psychological disorders stem from the four main mental illnesses. These four are:
Psychopathy/sociopathy: many will tell you that these are two very different illnesses. I make the assertion that they are not. They are both an attachment to anger and control. The sociopath is a hop, skip, and a jump away from being a psychopath. It's sort of like how a square is a rectangle but a rectangle isn't a square. Both like to cause pain; but the psycho prefers to inflict physical pain, as well. Both conditions involve total control. You can develop these conditions in a number of ways. You can become a socio/psychopath from enduring physical torture as a child (or adult), psychological abuse as a child (or adult), or from being SPOILED. YES! This is the REAL reason you shouldn't spoil your kid. If a kid is conditioned to think that they are entitled to whatever they want; they begin to think that they can DO whatever they want.
Insanity: although the psychological community defines this condition as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result," I contend that the true nature of this mental illness is an attachment to fear. The insane person likely suffered horrifying abuse as a child--but they felt the need to nurture someone else or other people. These people possibly cared for their mothers or cared for younger siblings. This is why they chose to submit to the torture instead of trying to overcome it. These people often times accepted abuse for the person or people they were trying to nurture. As such, they usually can't remember very much about childhood, at all.
Depression: people with depression don't want to control or submit. They don't like to fight, at all. They will fight in defense of themselves or others if they feel the fight is necessary. Think of the depressed person as a hippy trapped in despair. They usually can't gain control over their own life, so they feel, and as such they become overwhelmed with sadness. They have had abuses as children or adults, too. Their abuses were usually milder than the person that becomes insane or psychopathic.
Bipolar: people with this condition are confused as to whether they should control or submit. As such, they try to control some people and they submit to others. For example: a bipolar woman will likely try to control her friends or acquaintances often by means of manipulation of large groups (like by spreading rumors). She can, in turn, completely submit to men--no matter how dastardly they may behave to her. A man with this problem, in comparison, will often submit to friends and parents but will often times try to control people at work and also the women he dates. People with this problem had abuses as children--though, again, not as badly as the psychos and insanes. Often times, also, these people were spoiled children.
You can find extended explanations for these disorders all over the internet. This was the basic breakdown of them, FYI. Again--the psychological community disagrees with much of what I've written here... However, I suspect that people that practice psychology OR psychiatry (the one that delves out pills) or even social workers will see what I mean by my descriptions and they may even agree with the causes I've described to get to these conditions.
It is also my contention that practically every other psychological condition under the sun is a byproduct of these mental illnesses. Practically every addiction lies at the hands of a person that suffers one of these main conditions. Though there are many that may argue that I've made it too simplistic here--of course, all of these conditions can be explained in more complicated ways; but at the root of the problems... It all boils down to control or submit.
So--I also mentioned that there is a cure for mental illness. Because practically every mental illness is caused in the same ways... It can also be said that the cure for these problems is the same. There are four main principles here, too.
First--figure out if you have social difficulties. Namely: can you read social cues adequately? More specifically... How well do you read facial emotion? You can take a free test here: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/ei_quiz/ and there are many tests like this out there. When I suggest to people to take this test--they are surprised to find that are some facial emotions that they hadn't been interpreting, properly. Although we use context to get a full picture of a person's emotion... If the person is emoting solely in their face and you can't read it properly, you may very likely behave the wrong way. I used to have this problem, severely. I could only adequately read happy, mad, and sad. I used to be a severe sufferer of asperger's syndrome. I firmly believe most people in the world have varying forms of social cue misinterpretations. If you can not properly "read" other people... You will not seek out social interaction.
Second: eat a proper diet. DO NOT go by what they taught you in school. Your brain needs all of its emotions nurtured. Your emotions are mostly powered by vegetables and fruits. This means that you should be eating veggies and fruits the majority of the time; as they supply most of the nutritional needs to your body, as well.
I am not thoroughly convinced that going all vegetarian is a good idea. This is because there are many scientists that say that humans require meat to survive. Also, I've noticed that scientists that study vegetarian over omnivorous eating usually cook the meat they test. I think we are supposed to be eating meat raw--but the food in the stores is poisonous to eat that way. As such, my non-expert opinion (I can't help but describe my opinion this way) is to consume meat--just not very much. My family and I eat one portion of meat per day. I know that I'm healthier (and HAPPIER) than I've ever been eating this way.
You shouldn't eat very much dairy or bread, either. We try to go by the "one portion per day rule." Too much dairy and bread give your body little to no nutrition--even milk has been proven not to be as healthy as it claims, thanks to the pasteurization process. Small amounts are fine--but over consumption has shown to be bad for you--this information you can get all over the web (and all over Netflix via documentaries), as well.
Water is vital component of proper dieting. Your body is mainly comprised of water, right? So you need a lot of it. You'll also find that if you drink a lot of water, you won't be hungry as often. Your entire body runs off of electrical impulses--water is a conductor of electricity. If you are dehydrated, your body and brain won't work properly. You also need to have enough salt (the right kind) to aid in the electric impulses getting to where they need to go quickly.
If you change your diet the way that I propose; you'll find that you'll start to crave food in only the amounts you need. Your body will stop you from over-eating, naturally. It's amazing to see this happening in yourself.
Third: Mental stimulation. You need to exercise your brain in many different ways every day. You need to read, write, sing, dance, learn, do puzzles, relax, goof off... WHATEVER! You need to switch it up and have fun while you're doing it. If your main source of entertainment is binge drinking at the club, fuck-dancing, banging strangers, shopping, watching tv, and spending time on social sites... Please don't be surprised at the fact that you feel unfulfilled. There's nothing wrong with doing that stuff sometimes--but if you don't adequately learn about the world around you; you basically can't mature to true adulthood. Plus, you'll never truly be happy. If you say to yourself, "I DO THAT AND I'M HAPPY, BITCH!" with a look of repulsion on your face while you're doing it--rest assured; you are not a happy person. A happy person would merely disagree with the post without feeling much emotion, at all.
Fourth: Decent social interaction. You need to have a person or people that you can really trust. These people are people that you can relax and unwind with. You can laugh with these people, cry with them, and you can get advice that you know will be beneficial to you. It doesn't matter if these people are related to you, having sex with you, or are just friends. The point is that you will have these people in times of woe; and they have you during their times of woe, as well. Basically: you need people that you love who also love you.
When you correct these four aspects of your life... You will get better right away. People that adhere to these principles see results in WEEKS and not years. You DO NOT have to be controlled by your mental illness, anymore. The treatment is relatively cheap, fun, and easy! Although it doesn't sound like you're changing much around--you'll be surprised at how well you feel when you change some aspects of your life... Especially the diet and learning aspects. If you need some ideas on how to eat: check out some juicing web sites. If you need ideas on what to learn--just ask yourself about what you always wanted to learn and google that shit!
My next blog will be about how the colors of your veggies and fruits affect your mood. Have a good one!