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Flint
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Posted - 01/30/2007 :  12:31:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Physical violence in my family and drug abuse in high school could have been the cause of my schizophrenia.
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e-pea
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  04:56:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
i have always blamed overwork, drug use and genetics. In all honesty i have no idea. I wish I did.

Maybe in knowing the exact cause there is a path to a cure.

'beyond a certain point there is no return. That point is to be reached.' Franz Kafka
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synapse
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Posted - 02/11/2007 :  00:29:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
In my case it is/was also physical violence from my older brothers and mental abuse from my mum. This is backed up by an article on the radio that found a large proportion of people who developed schizophrenia had been abused. I don't like to use the word "abuse" personally as it is quite a strong word but there is no effective alternative.

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Flint
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Posted - 02/26/2007 :  11:47:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
e-pea
I too think one of the causes of schizophrenia is genetics.
My Grandfather was an alcoholic, one of my uncles is an alholocic, my other upcle has bi-polar, my cousin has bipolar, and my brother has bi-polar. That's all on my fathers side.
On my mom's side my Grandmother had a psychiatric break down when my Grandfather left her.
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Anamater
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Posted - 03/09/2007 :  13:01:20  Show Profile  Visit Anamater's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Stress is a pretty effective trigger for psychotic episodes. Maybe the reason abuse is so prevalent in the life of a schizophrenic has to do with childhood stress

I will storm the moral highground, and from there I will conquer the world!
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Jetta
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Posted - 05/22/2007 :  16:29:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
I blame stress. The put on the medical records I was under "extreme stress". I'm starting to wonder if my dad was sz. His thinking was very out there (difficult to understand) beyong my comprehension usually, when he's tried to explain it. He was also very quiet, to himself, but deep in thought. He meditated a lot.

He said I had experiences during mediation that he never had, but he almost always fell asleep during mediation. I didn't. When the craziness was going on I tried to meditate but couldn't. So glad things are calmer again. Okay so he's not sz. I so don't want to be sz. 1 episode was enough. They said I had a psychotic break. I never want that again.
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mishad
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Posted - 09/08/2007 :  02:30:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
I think mine was stress also and probably drug use too. The doctors wrote 'significant life stressors' which included a relationship breakup, starting a new job, and spending a lot of time with this one guy, who i think, looking back on it now, was a real bully.
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Pat1967
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Posted - 03/10/2008 :  14:38:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
stress, marijuana, Lsd and my brothers death when ! was 17 and he was 20 all contributed to my illness.
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Fruitcup (inactive)
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Posted - 03/10/2008 :  20:46:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Take away the child abuse, the alchol and marijuana and I may never have been diagnosed as scz....
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firebird
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Posted - 03/11/2008 :  06:07:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Yes me too. I think I had those genes and creative personality, that would of been fine in itself but prolonged childhood abuse did a number on my developing brain with all the stress and fear, and then I got into heavy pot use in my late teens really got the whole thing rolling with my PTSD. On the positive side I can say having therapy for the early abuse issues has really helped me tremendously and kept me symptom free for a long time now.
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area24
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Posted - 03/25/2008 :  12:22:05  Show Profile  Visit area24's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Flint, all that you say is true and has been accepted
as true forever. I might as well blame the stars
because blaming genetics, childhood trauma and past
drug use is the same thing in the sense that no one
can do anything about the past or DNA.

Am I gonna wait for big father, I mean Big Pharma to make a
breakthough? I have nothing against Big Pharma because they
saved my life but they are AT LEAST 10 years away.

I hear Andy Grove, formerly of Intel Corp has Alzheimers and is going
around the peer review system to find a cure. I guess that means progress for all of us, right? I can't wait.)
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Anamater
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Posted - 05/22/2008 :  02:33:18  Show Profile  Visit Anamater's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
It's depressing that there is so much more money in treatments than in cures.

Art. Like morality, consists of drawing a line.
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spirit
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Posted - 05/22/2008 :  06:01:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Hey Anamater;

Great to see you posting again.

Here is a link that I found on the web to a page with a free book that explains the causes of schizophrenia based on various research findings. It is an interesting study and I think worth the read.

The book is over 200 pages but the down load is very quick, less than a megabyte. Page down. The book is listed, among others, near the bottom of the page.

link: http://www.hdfoster.com/index.html#Publications

spirit
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keyboard
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Posted - 06/22/2008 :  18:06:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
I attribute my mental illness to a combination of extreme stress and excessive/intensive meditation. A 2007 study has shown that meditation increases dopamine levels in the meditator. Stress also increases dopamine levels. It is theorized that sz is caused by excessive dopamine.
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area24
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Posted - 09/07/2008 :  00:50:44  Show Profile  Visit area24's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
As I said elsewhere schizophrenia is several different
physical and mental conditions that vary from
person to person and these different conditions
combine into something that has been named schizophrenia.
It is a systemic disease which means it is much more than mental.

Continuous stress causes impaired immunity.
Continuous stress CAUSES MORE STRESS. This leads to
a cascade of negative thoughts which pressure
ventricles which in turn pressure areas of the brain.
In other words the persons own thoughts get so intense
that they cause pressure on the brain, paranoia, and
hallucinations.

People become addicted to their own negative thoughts
and their own stress patterns which affect adrenaline,
hormones, food absorption, infections, neurotransmitters etc.
Meds help take pressure off the brain through sedation
to relieve paranoia and hallucinations(thats an oversimplification).
IMHO, meds help relieve immediate symptoms and at
the same time, with prolonged use, will in many cases
cause relapses of those same symptoms requiring an adjustment
in dose and drug combinations.

If a cure is ever found it will be a SYSTEMIC CURE. The only
way it can be done is to revamp the persons capacity to
take on stress, and improve immunity to such a degree
that thought patterns, memories and DNA are also changed.
The person will become addicted to positive chemicals/thoughts
and become hopelessly in balance. Can't wait!
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cpamendo (inactive)
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Posted - 10/09/2008 :  17:54:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
quote:
Originally posted by area24

As I said elsewhere schizophrenia is several different
physical and mental conditions that vary from
person to person and these different conditions
combine into something that has been named schizophrenia.
It is a systemic disease which means it is much more than mental.

Continuous stress causes impaired immunity.
Continuous stress CAUSES MORE STRESS. This leads to
a cascade of negative thoughts which pressure
ventricles which in turn pressure areas of the brain.
In other words the persons own thoughts get so intense
that they cause pressure on the brain, paranoia, and
hallucinations.

People become addicted to their own negative thoughts
and their own stress patterns which affect adrenaline,
hormones, food absorption, infections, neurotransmitters etc.
Meds help take pressure off the brain through sedation
to relieve paranoia and hallucinations(thats an oversimplification).
IMHO, meds help relieve immediate symptoms and at
the same time, with prolonged use, will in many cases
cause relapses of those same symptoms requiring an adjustment
in dose and drug combinations.

If a cure is ever found it will be a SYSTEMIC CURE. The only
way it can be done is to revamp the persons capacity to
take on stress, and improve immunity to such a degree
that thought patterns, memories and DNA are also changed.
The person will become addicted to positive chemicals/thoughts
and become hopelessly in balance. Can't wait!




So you had brain pressure too eh? How bad was it for you? Mine was kind of like a very tight bind in the middle of my head. I called it "the grip." I stayed in it for four years before coming out of it. It was all brought on by the stress of "annihilation anxiety." Did you ever get that? Like the universe was about to be annihilated along with you and your soul, or whatever. Well after i came out of it all i felt was bliss and happiness for close to a year. And then the voices started with mind reading which turned into worse delusions. The only reason i'm alive today (or rather didn't kill my self a while ago) was that i realized the voices were coming from my heart. So i take benzo's to stop or stalt the voices (or the one voice, which i'm pretty sure is the devil...as well i'm pretty sure it was him all along, even with the months and months of annihilation anxiety).
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