They say there’s no such thing as a silly question. But I’ve heard a few that come darn close. I understand that some of the people who ask them are genuinely confused about brain illnesses in all their variety. But some of them — I just don’t know. Here’s a look at some of the questions I’ve encountered.
Some people are concerned that various practices can affect mental illness or its treatment. I’ll tackle a few of these.
Can chanting a mantra harm someone who is mentally ill or has schizophrenia?
Can people with mental illness practice mindfulness meditation without hindering their treatment plan or making symptoms worse?
To these questions, I would say that chanting a mantra or practicing mindfulness meditation poses no threat. In fact, these practices are often encouraged as ways to reduce harmful stress.
Does astrology have any cure or remedies for mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, etc.?
As to astrology, I’d have to say no. It has no place in the treatment of brain illness. It’s not science and has nothing to say about the inner workings of the human mind.
Can mental illness be caused by external factors such as mind control or manipulation?
While manipulation exists, mind control doesn’t, unless you’re talking about cult indoctrination. Manipulation in the context of gaslighting can cause stress-related disorders or possibly trauma.
Can too much intellectual curiosity cause mental illness or psychological problems later in life?
Intellectual curiosity is a good thing. Honestly, I don’t see how anyone can have too much. At any rate, it has no relation to mental problems.
Some questions come with relatively simple answers.
How can you find out if a doctor has diagnosed you with a mental disorder?
Your doctor will tell you what the diagnosis is. They won’t keep it a secret.
Can someone with bipolar disorder join Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?
Sure, they can join. But not all AA groups are comfortable working with people who have psychiatric diagnoses. They concentrate on alcoholism and not mental…