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Re: The myth of 'normal'.... Jay2112

Posted by SLS on March 4, 2023, at 23:34:08

In reply to Re: The myth of 'normal'.... SLS, posted by Jay2112 on March 4, 2023, at 22:09:28

> Scott:
> I understand your points, but it would be best if you read the book. I was under a mild hypomania when I posted, and have no energy to write or debate extensively what is explained in Dr. Mate's book. Believe me, though, it goes way beyond my silly little post. I think I did allure, though, that this is no Szasz-like indulgence. Dr. Mate also describes his excellent experience with psychedelics.
> Jay

What is the myth?

How do the authors depict or conceptualize the word "normal"? Maybe they grew up worrying that they might be "abnormal". Lots of people experience this fear at some point in their lives. There were times when I did. The easiest way to avoid feeling "abnormal" is to convince yourself that there is no such thing as "normal". But there is. De facto, it is normal to be unique. Teach that.

I doubt I will make the time to read a book with such a caustic title, despite any valuable lessons that it might offer people. Besides, what I'm not doing is working very well for me.


Is there any regularity in your mood changes? Do you have a "hard" cycle which doesn't deviate throughout the year? I was an ultra-rapid cycler for about two years beginning at age 21. I had an eleven-day cycle beginning at age 21. I spent 8 days in a state of severe depression followed by a switch into a state of near-remission. This cycle skipped only once during during those two years. Once I read the book "Mood Swing" by R. R. Fieve, I recognized the regularity of my changes in mood. In fact, I began to keep a social calendar around my cycle. My first exposure to lithium abolished the cycle entirely, and it never returned.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.




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