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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I'm schizophrenic, and so am I....

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     We've all heard the line, "Roses are red, violets are blue; I'm schizophrenic and so am I." This usually serves to throw people off course during introductions at a party, and break the ice. People wonder if you really are a schizophrenic in their midst, or if you just think you are schizophrenic, or if you have another problem that you pass off as schizophrenia. Of course, if they know you, they understand that's.....well....just how you are.
      But now, there's a solution. Its called talk therapy, and it apparently is working for schizophrenics and themselves (err, others). Read about it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/04/health/research/04schiz.html  Apparently, schizophrenia is marked by of inability to act, due to fear of failure or fear of their other self criticizing them. So these doctors have decided that schizophrenics can use more self-esteem, so they put them through this talk therapy which boosts self-confidence....by having them talk to themselves. Ok, not really. The doctor talks to them, but still with esteem-building comments. Part of this therapy is also having them do simple tasks, such as play video games, eat cake, and make coffee: all things that are easily succeeded at, unless you happen to be blind as well. One lady got so good at making coffee, that she was able to leave the hospital, and she now serves coffee......somewhere. (they don't know)
     The point is though, all of this works. Who ever thought that the simple things in life could be important, huh? While you may not be schizophrenic, take note of the simple things in life, give thanks for the simple things in life, and take part in the simple things in life. Who knows, it might solve something....