Posted by jade k on June 25, 2010, at 13:40:18
In reply to Re: yes, I think so..., posted by morganator on June 25, 2010, at 11:50:01
> > You take two people with different genes and subject both of them to the same psychological insults. One becomes a psychological mess. The other becomes a psychological mess and a psychotic schizophrenic. Are these two conditions the same? Do they require the same treatment? Should the schizophrenic reject biological treatments because he discovers that most people who experienced similar psychological insults do not need such treatments to address their issues?
> > - Scott
> I think I'm picking up what you're putting down brotha.
> What I hope comes out of this is an awareness that genetic predispositions can be brought out of someone in a greater, more destructive way if children are not given what they need. As long as most people believe that illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar are simply genetic and are guaranteed to cause great suffering and struggle amongst those inflicted, then people will be less likely to try to make changes that will help prevent mental illness such as these from becoming the monsters they can become. I compare it to the "war on drugs". The best way to win this war is for there to be a social revolution that changes the way we look at the reasons why people behave the way they do and, in turn, influences us to make changes in the way we care for our children. People get addicted for a reason. Sure genetics may play a role, but the major reason for addiction is need for escape-escape from the pain and suffering that lurks within someone, most likely resulting from lack of proper nurture in childhood.
I doubt it is that simple. The fact is, many people are genetically predisposed to certain mental illnesses. Many will become ill regardless of psychological insults, childhood abuse, poor nurturing, etc. These can be triggers for sure, but I doubt a wave of prevention of childhood traumas, criticism, and other abuses will all but cure serious illnesses such as schizophrenia and Bi-polar 1. I think it will be more in the form of a better understanding of these illnesses and the development of better medications to treat them.