Tips and Tricks for Staying Safe on the Internet, part 2

This next part deals more with survival and regrouping on the internet. It is true that social networks allow you to establish virtual support groups and mailing lists where people can go to and talk about issues in any minority group. Like all other places, however, there has to be an administrator and or moderator to make sure trolls don’t come sneaking in and keep arguments at a respectful minimum. However, some group leaders get carried away with their power tha they start doing what they want, and they only think about themselves rather than the people in the group and consider how each person might be different in their own special way, even if they say the words that they are there. Sometimes, after a traumatic event occurs, people start blaming the administrator because they didn’t sympathise with them, saying they didn’t have responsibilities over what went on in their personal lives, and even group administrators don’t have control over who comes in because we can lie about our identity on the internet. If I were to administrate a group, I would let the people make the norms and roles, and who should do what and when, rather than having me decide. I would reach out to newcomers by making the opportunity and invite them to the group if I feel they understand the way I drive the group. Should humanity be more important than having a monarchy? What would happen if we had groups based on anarchy, without a leader, meaning everyone is their own leader? This might be hard for people from other countries who may have other beliefs than we do. Remember, if you are the victim of this trauma, it’s going to be a lot more harder for you than it is on the other people in the group. They can do whatever they want; they weren’t targeted, but they should be able to synpathise with you nonetheless.
How do we deal with predators: Everyone agrees that you should never meet anyone from the internet unless you have met the following: You have known this person and their family for more than a certain amount of time, like six months or a year. You should talk to the person via telephone and meet their family. Always meet at a public place like the airport, the train station, bus station, etc. I am sure you can think of many more things to keep you safe, but let me add some of my own tips and tricks, which include how to fight back in self-defense when blind, deaf, or disabled in some other way, how to use tactics to deal with molesters, and looking out into the future at how we can use transhuman technology to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Also, I have started the #RecordYourDay campaign, which is basically when you record your outings so you can later use that recording as evidence, provided that you legally have the upper hand in doing so.
For blind people, we can defend ourselves totally based on how things feel, and we don’t refer to our vision and or hearing to aim and strike. Many martial arts instructors train people blindfolded, though, but your average dojo probably wouldn’t offer it. If you find yourself in a physical fight, try to think about how to darken the environment, or how to disable their eyes so they wouldn’t be able to see. Once they can’t see they will be helpless unless they were trained to fight blindfolded. Consult your self-defense centre for further information. Try using lasers, improvised weapons, or just a regular old stun gun from the Safety Tech department at https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory_Departments?storeid=82783
There are always predators out there who would have nothing but to take their pleasure out on you, whether the person is a male wishing to prey on females, or prostitutes wishing to enhance male arousal, or somebody wanting to corrupt young minds. First of all, the best way to get rid of a male predator is to use clever tactis, act dumb, stupid and not at all interested, or pretend you have a disability. If you are transgender, you might have different feelings about this than cisgender females because you might be better at warping their minds. It all depends on how knowledgeable you are about the subject, though, and you know that you have the self-confidence to do it.
How you deal with prostitutes can be quite tempting if you are male, but one thing I learned to do was use my status to disappoint them and show them a lesson that will teach them not to mess with me. The problem with this is that many males who act as the female find themselves attracted to the role, which is commonly associated with transvestism and fetishes. Many of such individuals put their characters in perverted situations.
Ever since the history of advertising emerged into a new era of commercials, we have had people sexualising others in newspapers, magazines, on the radio, on TV, and all the Americans are doing is eating it up. This is why it is very hard for people who appreciate the older generation to break into such industries, because all they want is your body. The question is, why? What started it? It’s true that sex has become very open even though in the past we had monogamists, and we are also discovering that we need to make others aware about how to have safer sex. If we don’t put an end to hollywood and their selfish attitudes to being the number one, it will eventually get wired into our evolutionary history for future generations to come.
Having said all of this, these are just many more examples to be yourself, act the way you feel is best, but don’t go off and rub it on someone who act differently than you do because that will make them more miserable. Remember that our environment also affects how we behave, not just the culture. Also too, remember that just because it is the holidays, not everyone can be happy because they can’t afford to have a feast and buy gifts, they have lost someone special, etc. We must reach out to them and let them know that we are here for them. Remember, the key word is balance in this life. Never take anything to the extreme and always live in moderation. Don’t be too careful, for you will always have your guard up and this could lead to trouble, but at the same time, if you are not careful enough, you could wind up going backwards. Some people just take in situations way more than they are supposed to be. When a change occurs, most likely you will see people are quite ignorant about the changes because the person has no interest in the scientific community. They wonder how the changes come, and when they do, they accept this or deny it, and only then when in denial, they want change. Everything is just so “backwards” after that. We can only change if we have a positive attitude, a truly open mind and if we unite.

Tips and Tricks for Staying Safe on the Internet, part 1

When a person is asked about what it means to stay safe on the internet, some of the things that come to mind include not getting acquainted with strangers unless there are mutual acquaintances nearby so you could get references about the person you are talking to. Some say be careful about what you share, and some say do not use the internet at all. I am sure you can think of many more examples. In this post I will talk about some of the things that might help you be prepared in any situation, such as knowing the worldview of a person, knowing when to part with someone, what to do when you are parted, when to leave the internet, and more.
How to know a person’s worldview: First of all, what is a worldview? A worldview is how a person looks at life, at you, ad everything in general. In this example we will use this question, if you drink a full glass of water to half its capacity, would you say the glass was half-empty or half-full? Why or why not? To begin with, a person can say the words that they are there for you, that they are open-minded and willing to listen, even though they may not have your perception. In my experience, I tend to socialise with those who I think have the same interests as I, until I start talking about how I can use transhuman efforts to change reality. They argue that people like ourselves live in a fantasy world because they perceive reality, which is what life is. These people are known as realist to pesimist. If I have to choose, realism leans in neither direction between optimism and pessimism. I tend to stand to the left of realism and lean closer to optimism which is why I would neither say the glass was half-full or half-empty, but if I had to choose one it would be half-full. Usually you don’t realise the truth of this person until you get their side in an argument of any sort. What that argument is doesn’t matter. It could be mind over heart, good versus evil, hard versus soft science, etc. Sometimes, you can get used to talking to the person until you learn the truth about them (their true colours), and then you would be faced with a decision. Should I part with them or not? What good will come out of doing one of each?
The first thing to keep in mind is, how and why was this person made to view the world this way? I am inclined to think that we could change a person’s perception if they were willing to keep a positive outlook and we bore no ill will. I am not social, but I am not antisocial. I am simply asocial for many of these reasons, and in my experience, both socialists and antisocialists are not as smart as asocialists because they act more than they perceive. If a person with a pesimistic perception said they would like to work with others, that might be hard to imagine. I have met professional counsellors, doctors and nurses who had pesimistic attitudes, and you can tell right away that they sound and act authoritative, blunt, and impatient,and not at all caring and sympathetic. These are just some of many traits that I have noticed, though I am sure you can think of more. A lot of people get the words bragging and showing off mixed up. Bragging means you are proud of your accomplishments, can be acquired under certain circumstances, and showing off means you either consciously or subconsciously behave in a manner that represent that you are better than everybody else. Being at the top of the food chain can turn celebrities narcicistic and snobby.
So, how should you deal with these chaps? To be honest, that would be up to you to decide, but knowing whether or not you are a conformist or nonconformist will ensure that you know what to look for and how to respond. Some people start out being open-minded, but as they build a crowd of four or more people, their attitudes are changed, either to maintain their status, or because they were probably brainwashed by their peers. This is what they taught us in school–how to avoid peer pressure unless they have compelling evidence for doing so. When I discover that such an individual is pesimistic, and if they start getting heated with my opinions, and they don’t agree with me in a respectful manner, then I will not yel or bash at them using harsh words, but I will part with them with words of advice, and if they need another reminder, I’d tell them the truth about me, saying that I am not cisgender, and they should get off their computer and do something that involves serotonin production, or something that is sure to make them more right-brained instead of left-brained. I heard that some people are proud to be complete left-brainers, though. One more piece of advice: If the person you talk to thinks correcting other’s spelling is rude, you should probably end your relationship there. I encourage that you correct other’s spelling and grammar on the internet as long as you are doing it in a noble manner.
When should you part with someone: Usually, you feel the need to part with someone because you do not agree on something, or several things and you have an argument over problems that both of you would like to solve, but you have your own way of solving it and they have their own way of doing theirs. Sometimes you have to part with someone because they are annoying you and making you feel uncomfortable. Sometimes you want to part with them so they will not be able to tell you anything more hurtful. Whatever the reason, there are ways of knowing when you should do it, and how you will feel about it afterword. Remember, never be hard on yourself in thinking you are weak just because someone bashed your dreams. It is always true that when you are in control of parting, you feel triumphant and glad to be rid of that person. Sometimes, however, that is not always the case. If you get used to knowing the person and the two of you were very close and you talked about things you were interested in until you discovered that this person betrayed you and you are forced to part with them, you would feel like they were the ones who parted with you even though that’s not the case. Some people are out for revenge, others just hurt inside. Whatever it is, there is comfort in knowing that you are not alone and that there are safe havens where you can go to talk about it and to know that there are biological ways of easing off the pain, such as neurofeedback, brain wave entrainments, etc. Still, one thing remains. Never say things like, just drop this trivial nonsense without first having settled the feud, otherwise you will end up with the fact that the argument still hangs above you leading to tension.
What you should do when you are parted by someone: If you were parted by someone, you usually feel ashamed and guilty because you tried to press your point and the person didn’t listen to reason, and why that was the case you could not figure out. This section is not going to focus on what you should do if you were parted because you kept on arguing with them in a foolish manner even though the person disagreed with you. This is nearly focusing on the wise aspects of knowing that you didn’t do any form of wrongdoing. Let me give you an example. If you ask your partner if they are doing all right and they don’t reply and you keep on asking them, you obviously get worried and concerned. If your partner, however, decided to part with you in a surly manner because they felt like you were asking them too much, then it shows that they were the ones who did the wrongdoing, not you. You were simply wanting to know if they were all right, and they got rid of you because they had too much to deal with. If something like that happens, you will undergo several stages of emotions. Again, there are safe havens that you can go to, and meet other people who have gone through what you went through. It’s hard to talk to someone who hasn’t undergone the experience whether it is relevant to yours than it is for someone who has been through what you went. They will usually get annoyed and push you away because they also have frustrations of their own. Some people say harsh things to you, others change the subject. This is because they don’t have the ability to perceive others, another point I should remind all of you. You also don’t know what words to use to sum up the way you feel inside in a way that you can transmit the sensations across the internet, and again, you are worried about being humiliated. If we could peer into that person’s mind, we could feel what they are feeling and it would help us understand so we can better sympathise with them. So I ask myself, what can a therapist do that a friend cannot do? While friends mean well, they often give you their unwise piece of advice. Therapists undergo a lot of training to guide their clients into thinking positively. So, let’s just agree to disagree.
Opinions: If for some reason you and your friend can’t get along because you get on each other’s nerves about your opinions and theirs, then you should ask yourself, am I ready for their opinion? Can I know for sure it is what I want to hear because they think they know the answer when they could be wrong? They could ask you if you would like to get their opinion. If they just tell you their belief, it could be as bad as if they were constantly forcing their opinions on you. There are several ways to skin a cat. This is why we ask that you back up your opinion with other sources, references, etc, to show them why it is you say so, but this is no excuse to get heated over something and have them bashing someone else. Remember, we can learn from each other if we are willing to work together. If you were speaking at a lecture and you told the audience there was only one way of doing something, few people would understand you, but if you said that there was more than one way, the more ways of doing something, the more people would understand.
When you should leave the internet: Whether you are leaving temporarily or altogether depends on your circumstances, but you should know that retreating from the problem might show others that you are cowardly and not willing to fight back. Sometimes you have to lie to others about why you want to get away from the internet just so they don’t pester you. There are ways of remaining invisible and still talk to those whom you really trust and avoid those whom you hold at arms length. This is a moral and ethical decision you will have to make on your own. Should I lie or be honest about why I am leaving the internet? Think about why you are doing this, as well. The words may not come to you immediately, and it might take you some time to come up with just the right way of putting it. If you are afraid to face the problem from which you ran away, get allies who care for you and ask them to help you face it and fight for you. Remember, if you think your problems are worthy of listening, continue talking to a different person each time until you eventually get a positive response.
Here’s another piece of advice. Never blackmail someone just because you don’t want others to know about your experiences with the drama you were in. If you don’t want your acquaintances talking about you behind your back, you have to agree on it together. You simply just cannot make someone do what you want them to do. We just feel like we need to talk about it because it is a way of letting it out rather than keeping it all inside. There are safe ways of doing this, though. Some choose to play a game on their computer or console, especially games that involve violence just so that they can get out their frustration and anger in a safe manner while others do the opposite. The important thing is to separate games from real life. Your decisions you make in a game shouldn’t reflect those in reality, for they might have consequences. If you can’t do this then you have self-control issues, and I am sure that transhumans will find a way to fix that. Whatever the way you deal with the situation, be strong.

Regulating Nocturnal emissions for Transgender individuals

You know the day when you learn about sex at your middle, junior-high, high school, and sometimes primary or elememtary school? They cover a lot of concepts such as wet dreams, masturbation, etc. There is one thing they mostly do not cover, and that is, how this applies to LGBTQIA people. I am here to provide you with some interesting insight on what could hopefully be useful to you. Actually, some schools are incorporating that boys can have periods, too. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/16/boys-can-have-periods-schoolchildren-taught-latest-victory-transgender/
So, let us begin. What is a wet dream? A wet dream is a biological function found in all mammals. It occurs in the rapid-eye-movement of sleep and behaves the same way as any normal dream. Our bodies sex mechanism is active during this dream caused by testosterone, the hormone responsible for libido. This gets triggered by ideas, images, sounds, smells, touch, and internal sensations. As you know, males generally have higher testosterone than females, because their primary hormone is oestrogen. We call this stage Nocturnal emission because it happens when you are sleeping, and your brain is working your body, which is locked in place so you do not act out your dream. Some sexomnia disorders do exist. Some people who experience out of body experiences may also have sexual hallucinations and orgasms that may cause them to project.
Now that you have a general understanding of what a wet dream is and how it works, let us look at how this can apply to people who are in the GLBTQIA community. One thing to keep in mind is that people who are attracted to, or who are not attracted to the same sex, both or all sexes, or neither is the key to knowing what kind of dreams they will have.
Let me explain what happens in these cases. In biological males, the penis enlarges, hardens and becomes erect. They experience a sensation of heat surging through that area only. Biological females, on the other hand, experience a similar sensation. It begins with a slight feeling as if an electric tingle were running through their body, followed by this sensation that they want to cuddle their mate. As this intensifies, the entire body becomes heated. So, in biological males, only the penis is heated while everything is heated in biological females, and breast soreness and or burning may be felt, sometimes accompanied with hot flushes depending on age. Also, since male neurochemistry is set to plant the seed they tend to soly focus on that task visually while female neurochemistry is set to finding the best-fitting mate, and therefore are better at selecting them not only by how they look, but by other cues such as sound and smell.
For transgender folks, however, this can be quite embarrassing when a male-to- female wakes up to find evidence of their dream and they wish to find a way to reverse those dreams so that it would gradually dissipate. How do we achieve this task for transgender, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary individuals??
1. Be aware of who you like and why.
2. Start noticing how your body responds to when you are attracted to that person. and how your mind responds to that, as well.
3. If possible, try to get away from an activity so you can let your mind become more attuned to your body. We call this process somatics.
4. Think about how you would dream about this person, and how it would feel and why you feel this way.
If you keep doing this your brain’s neurochemistry should change gradually, and soon your wet dreams should change. For the male-to- females, their wet dreams will disappear, and, since we still do not have a way of making a fully-functioning female reproductive system–we are working on it, all they might get is a surge of oxytocin and endorphins, neurotransmitters responsible for love and bonding.
For the female-to-males, they would have to learn to only feel one part of their body get heated.
We hope that with the advancement of transhuman technology, we will be able to better transmit the sensations and arousals of different sexes and genders. In the meantime, keep practicing these simple exercises and you would have slowly rewired your brain.

A New Perspective on Mental Health, part 2

These are things like this that can really help one in becoming more attuned to their mind, body and spirit so they can explain their feelings to others in a simple manner. Then again, some are afraid to talk about it because they associate it with their past that they’ve been ignored, the person changed the subject, and even sometimes experience some kind of abuse. These people aren’t caring and sympathetic enough, and it is destroying the victim even more.
Now comes the next part: The Native Americans, the West, and the East have had its view on how to deal with all these mental illnesses, and there is constant argument over this because the west say you should seek help and all that, and the East and Native Americans say that you do what is best for you. What if we found a third way, a way that hasn’t been discovered. This is what we call the alternative. Remember that the East has lots of cultures as opposed to the West, which has been taken over by Europe, and Native Americans are divided into many tribes, as well. If a scientist was to do some kind of Frankenstein-like experiment where they purposely altered their neurotransmitter and hormone production to give themselves manic depression, bipolar disorder, or something of that sort, would others consider that person a mad scientist? It depends on why the scientist wanted to give themselves that disorder. Was it because they wanted to personally experience the sensations? Was it because they were working on a cure, or both or neither? Also, why do people with schizophrenia only hear voices say negative things? Why don’t they hear them say positive things instead? In science-fiction books, these scientists turn into robots and take in victims to be experimented on. According to the laws of transhumanism I proposed, this is one of such violations because you are forcing a being(human or nonhuman) that you are going to do something without first having it explained properly before the experiment. Now we are at a point where we are starting to look at things like using an electroencephalogram, magnetoencephalogram or haemoencephalogram and other forms of computer sensors to gather information about what is going on in the brain and avoid using invasive procedures to change the structure of the brain, to open up the passages, especially after they have been crammed for a long time, or if there is no neurotransmitter present, try to bring some in. I have looked into possibly modifying a gene to see if I could identify the bad gene and replace it with a good gene. The problem with that is that it usually results in negative side effects. For what I know not. Besides, chromosomes cannot be completely replaced unless we knew of a way to utilise donor or synthetic ones.
Here, I will describe some of the common types of feeling one experiences, and how I can describe this using a minimum of technical jargon. If there is a term you don’t recognise, feel free to look it up. Let us start out with something very simple and easy to understand. When you are hungry, you know you associate the word hunger with the emotion you feel because you learned it. So every time you feel that sensation, your brain tells you and your mind knows how to resolve the problem. This is called homeostasis, negative feedback loop. You eat until you get another sensation that tells you that you are full. We say negative because you are reversing the effect, not because you are enforcing it. That’s known as positive feedback loop. Here’s another common feeling. When you have been left abandoned over a long period of time, or if you had a fight with someone whom you feel for, you have chest pains and you usually want to start bawling. In some cases, you feel like it was your fault even though you know it wasn’t. It’s because you know you want to change things back if you could travel back in time. Sometimes the chest pains can spread to your hands and legs, as well. What causes it, though? What is going on here? Well, let’s find out. When you think using ideas about what just happened, your blood flow changes, and much of the action goes into the limbic system and hypothalamus. The positive feedback loop causes a release of certain neurotransmitters that might allow the brain to send down signals that will tighten the inner tissue inside the thoracic cavity, and sometimes the inside tissue of your wrists, depending on how strong the signal is. Another common feeling is a panic attack. This one is characterised by a similar concept as the previous feeling, but it is a whole lot more intense because now you have adrenaline pumping in your system. So now the heart races, you start hyperventalating, and who knows what else can happen. Usually, however, something so frightening has to happen within your thoughts or within your environment for you to undergo such an ordeal. Sometimes hallucinations can lead to something like that, like a phobia. And finally, what about sleep. Your brain sends signals for when you are feeling tired, though it is not clear what makes us yawn. Your muscles take more energy to contract and your head usually feels heavy. After you sleep, your entire organism heals for the next day ahead, and the other part of your brain results in doing the work of your vital functions. I heard about a girl dubbed the bionic girl because of a deletion in one of the chromosomes. She does not feel hunger, pain, or sleepiness. I might talk about sleep-action in a future post, for that itself is relevant to mental health issues.
Now, how can we make sure that these feelings we experience don’t end up getting us confused into thinking we are mentally-ill? For that to occur, you have to have a prolonged exposure to some of these feelings, and usually because of simple every-day things. For instance, would you be afraid of water in general because you nearly drowned? Or, would you be afraid of balloons because the sound of a balloon popping scared you? It’s like the saying says, you’ve got to get back on the horse that you fell off of. A phobia is a little bit different, but is caused by associations of the past when you are little. The older you associate something bad, the easier it might be for you to recover from it, but the younger you associate it, the harder it would be for you to get out of it. Another example that I’ve read in fiction novels about secret, and often negative, pasts is the concept of repressed memories of horrific events such as rape or child molestation. That’s my opinion, though, and I may be wrong. To me, it seems to be because of how your brain develops so much when you are younger than when you are older. So, in a case of bipolar disorder, a neurotransmitter is either low in manufacture or missing completely. Is it serotonin? That is mainly responsible for making us feel more in moderation, which is what life should be anyway.
One describes the disorder as having the random feelings I talked about earlier come up, but this time, their minds are pulled into it. That is why some turn into elite people who feel the need to rule, to have things their way, which is like being stubborn and can happen to anyone. Actually, having such mental illness can affect how you view life and what cultures you identify with. If you convinced yourself you were superhuman and had a mental illness, you would be susceptible to doing something to make you feel that you could fly out a window; it could become potentially dangerous. That itself branches off to obsession compulsive disorder. One instance of this is called PANDAS, which is another way of saying Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. So, when do bad habits become obsessive compulsive? Our brains have all sorts of spam filters that can remove any negative thoughts as soon as they appear. Sometimes, though, either because the spam filter itself malfunctions, or too many bad thoughts spring forth, thereby overwhelming it, people end up developing odd behaviours.
The question is, what makes us believe in the force? NO, I’m not talking about the Force in Star Wars. Is it because we gradually become used to how our brain controls us and we learn to do things that we would later feel ashamed of or guilty afterword? Then there is the question of self-injury. In research studies, it has been shown that your pain threshold can increase if you are in control of the pain stimulation, but if someone else hurt you, you will be more sensitive. This is because something in the brain prepares us, and therefore, it knows we are going to hurt our body. That is why it is hard for us to tickle ourselves. However, if you are in an episode of having this notion that something evil has been unleashed, forcing everyone in your environment to disperse, until you are alone, left to suffer, then all you can feel is the agony inside, the tightening, the extra load of energy, etc, the external stimulation would not hurt as much because you are already suffering inside. As your inner feelings subside, the pain outside willintensify and you will remind yourself that you did it. So, to bring this back into balance, we are looking at using neurofeedback technology to study how our brain is behaving at such a time. Yet in spite of all of this, a person can still have a fair amount of intelligence and can function very well in life, except that they have this extra part they have to get used to.
I am sure you can think of many more mental illnesses and many ways to associate them wwith your own set of words. There are songs, stories, and other forms of art that depict these feelings in a way the common person can understand. The problem is, language is so broad, so full of vocabulary that it is so hard to choose the right words to piece together the internal sensations, and even the external ones as well… in a way that you can tell others and have them interpret it and experience that sensation you experienced. So it’s not just your lack of diction, but it’s knowing who you are akin to. Can I tell this person? Should I take a chance? You won’t know unless you try. You are afraid that you will be humiliated, like you have been before. Self-humiliation and public humiliation are reasons why we are afraid to come back out of our shell and can make problems worse. So, let’s stop looking at the surface and really begin the ice-breaking process.
In a few days, I might go over some things NASA is covering, about some of my favourite authors and books I like to read now and then, about my new way of seeing Braille and more to come before the end of 2013. Due to computer issues I’ve been having over the last few weeks, I am not sure if I can get my radio server up and running in time, but I will keep working on it. One more thing to note, I learned that what the thing I was going against was called the dowry. A piece of advice: Making sure you respect someone’s culture and at the same time help them fight for equal rights is a complicated conversation to have. Having said that, good luck on all your transhuman journeys.

A New Perspective on Mental Health, part 1

In the last two posts, I dived into some concepts of mental health issues and what steps we could do to understand them better. However, I was fortunate to learn about organisations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (http://www.nami.org/) and the mental health first-aid that are hoping to revolutionise the lives of those suffering from any crisis using things like neurofeedback and other forms of therapy. How long ago has it been in human history that people built asylums for the insane? Who was the first person to come up with the concept of mental illness? Through the readings, it was discovered that an understanding of how mental illness worked is still a mystery, the way cancer and heart disease were in the early 1950’s and 1960’s. It is such a complicated array, with what the brain hardly being researched and all, that it makes things challenging. We are taking the wrong paths to treating these victims and are doing them more harm than good with all those chemicals that claim they can balance out the hormones and neurotransmitters. However, in order for us to know what a particular drug will do to the brain, the pharmaceutical industry depends on killing innocent creatures to find out what it did. When they get enough people willing to participate, then they perform clinical trials on the subjects. If it is successful, then they call it a good day.
I began to think on possible alternatives on how we could begin changing. The first thing to understand is how mental illness works in the first place. What is it caused by. Is it voluntary or involuntary? What are the motivations to having a person behave this way? What about language that they can use to transmit the way they feel to someone who has never felt the sensations they have?
Let us begin with how mental illness works. Mental illness is characterised and diagnosed by observation, evaluation, inventory and question banks, and aren’t usually diagnosed by using biological markers the way they would do in the case of body illnesses, such as heart or liver conditions. What is a disorder? A disorder can mean several different things. In an earlier entry, it was explained that rewiring the brain, intentionally or unintentionally, can cause a disorder. It is not just based on how one was born. That’d be more like a traumatic brain injury of some sort. For instance, I read a book by David Melton called A Boy Called Hopeless. It is set in a real place called the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential.
There are several different kinds of mental illnesses out there that branch out in the psychiatric field. Science has not yet determined a definite cause for a lot of mental illnesses, though one theory that stands out is the history of the illness. In my last post, I talked about how, if your grandparents were abusive, there is a chance that you would too. The same could happen with mental illnesses. One could willingly go insane because of a traumatic experience, and the future offspring can have traces of that, like some sort of foreign instinct. This is probably because the genetic code containing the instructions on hormone and neurotransmitter production was rewritten. However, people can suffer a mental crisis even after living a normal life. This is probably because they faced a traumatic event that forced their thought patterns to change the way their neurotransmitters and hormones were being produced. There are tons of traumatic events that one can associate to present-day occurrences, and that can lead to all kinds of phobias and forms of paranoia. I am curious to know if there is a gauge that can tell you how fear is measured, or how it can be more sensitive to one person but not another. Also, what is a traumatic event? Something that you interpret as having a major effect on how you perceived the information that was sensed by the brain. It is because of how those events were carried out that your subconscious mind literally protected your conscious mind. Sometimes we have nightmares about these events because of the fear we are faced with, yet dreams are composed of the brain’s confusion and starts mixing cells in odd structures. This is known as the study of oneirology. So, most of these are associated with stress, anxiety, and depression (SAD). People who have suffered trauma often deal with flashbacks, which is grounds for diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder. And, in some cases, a C is added to mean complex PTSD.
At this time, it is hard to say if a mental illness is voluntary or involuntary, in other words, can you will yourself to have bipolar disorder, or will a mutation cause you to have it? Can it happen because of the lack of nurture you were given after birth? A mutation is when instructions are not properly read by the body and the sequence ends prematurely, otherwise there has to be a genetic host. For that matter, can a person with bipolar disorder will themselves to be normal by forcing their brain and body to listen to their mind? Would a person even want to? I once asked someone that if there was a cure to their disorder, would they go for it? Why or why not? Surprisingly, they said they’d never want to be normal. If they did, they would be more freaked out at having a new life than the old life that they have come to know since childhood. This applies to many other people who have learned to cope and embrace their disabilities as part of their identity. I don’t see myself as a blind and hard-of-hearing person. I see myself as a person who is physically unable to see and uses residual hearing to communicate along with supplemental devices. People feel like they are compelled to bond with the divine power that forced them to have this disability. It is like their destiny was planned out. Surprisingly, however, I broke away from this power.
Many people, regardless of what language they learned, or if they learned any language at all, can feel the way they feel inside their head and in their body, and they know how to respond to these kinds of sensations, like throwing a temper tantrum, crying, laughing, or just sleeping. I am sure you can think of more that do not require the interpretation of language. We assign words to these sensations so we can relate to similar words and sensations, how we ended up feeling this way. Some of such examples include, fire-like sensations, cold-like sensations, intense pressure, tightness, emptiness as in boredom, overwhelmed as in your head and body is overheating, etc. Usually, however, a person can regulate the way they feel, but if their feelings were altered without the control of the mind, then it is due to a change in production, so we try to figure out where the flaw is so we can fix it and make the person well again. The good news is that we are totally flexible, though there are some things that can’t be rewired, like undeveloped structures. That would need some kind of stem cell treatment.
How can language help in the understanding of mental illness? If we know how a word is precisely defined in terms of demographics, there is a chance that we might be able to put ourselves into the shoes of those living with mental illness. Do mood swings happen gradually, or do they happen suddenly? Some people can be angry one second and calm the next. This is known as impulsive action because you act based on how you feel, not think on how you feel before you act. If you keep your feelings bottled in, they will build up and up until you explode like a soda bottle, so it is always best to write them down and or talk to someone in words that are meaningful to you. It may be hard for others to understand. It’d be like transmitting sensations across the internet or something like that just using words. Your brain has to use the already visible sensations you learned to associate with language, and use those to piece together a new and somewhat good replica of what the person is feeling.
I once asked to someone if a person dreamed of having a completely usable body of a different sex. In their dream, they’ve experienced all the sensations that person would have as someone in their new role, and that they exclaimed that it was shocking and very different. The question then becomes, how does our brain know what something feels like internally and externally if it has never been present or exposed to it in its life? Could it be something found in the cerebellum or brain stem, the most primitive? What about before we were born. Did we have memories of our other lives written? What about afterword? In any case, I asked a female person what their sensations were like, and surprisingly I was able to relate theirs with a dream I had about my being in a female’s body. In this particular dream, I was experiencing what it was like to have oxytocin released into my system. What made me suspect that I was to learn was the fact that female neurochemistry allows them to experience a cuddly sensation more than males. When they told me this, I was taken aback, for I have felt those very sensations and I could definitely relate to them. Female neurochemistry is set to finding the best-fitting mate while the male neurochemistry is primarily set to focus on planting the seed.