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125537[evol-psych] Re: Breivik (the terrorist): Three generations of mental illness

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  • hibbsa
    Jan 7, 2012
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      > DWZ:
      > That is an interesting point of view, and looking at the increase of
      complexity in thought processes may be informative. One thing that
      occurs to me is that the various definitions of "insanity" so far
      (actually, I prefer the expression "mental illness" instead of that most
      negative term of bygone days) is that they seem to focus on opinions,
      beliefs, verbal expressions, and so on, inappropriate language, etc. and
      omit the prominent emotional component of the condition.
      >
      > The inappropriate behavioral episodes we have been talking about are
      usually accompanied by strong emotion, mood disorders, feelings, etc.
      that somehow come to be expressed in the wrong way, in the wrong places,
      and so on, and are present over long periods of time. That would be
      consistent with the possibility that neurotransmitters, dopamine,
      serotonin, etc. are not functioning properly, whatever the source of the
      trouble may be.
      >
      > Best regards,
      >
      > Donald W. Zimmerman
      > Vancouver, BC, Canada
      > dwzimm@...
      > http://www3.telus.net/public/a7a82899
      >

      Hi Don - it does all seem to be very complex. There appear to be some
      disorders that are caused by feeling/emotion misfiring. Whereas in
      delusion/psychotic conditions the relationship between emotional
      intensity and psychosis is harder to pin down. For example, if you
      actually do believe you are surrounded by ghosts, or people trying to
      kill you, or the authorities trying to frame you, then the emotional
      intensity looks pretty reasonable. I mean...if it was true...and
      happening to a normal person, that person would feel intense emotions,
      and be prone to extremae actions.

      So I guess all we've uncovered here, is that 'mental illness' is a catch
      all phrase for a huge number of very different disorders. Which
      actually....isn't such a bad outcome. It may feel like a truism, or
      something we could have got from any mental illness information website,
      but to realize from discussion and thinking is a much deeper and richer
      way to get it.

      Big subject. That's why we need a mental health profession, specialists,
      and plenty of scientific research and theoretical progresss
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