Tuesday, July 28, 2009

They say I'm Crazy?

Watched the movie "A Beautiful Mind" today during abnormal pychology class although I have seen it before. If you have not heard of it, it's based on a true story, a Nobel Laurette specializing in Mathematics and Economics named John Nash who suffers from schizophrenia. It makes me want to understand more about what general public perceives about people who are "abnormal" because some of them are exceptionally talented in certain fields. It has always been hard to define, to draw a line to part sanity from insanity. We avoid using negative words because we don't want to impose stigma to people whom we think are different from us. In this more individualistic era (although we still live in a collective society), we are trying to be different by enforcing a sense of self, style, uniqueness etc. But have we not forget just as every other person is just as unique, we don't have the right to discriminate others (in this context, people whom we call "crazy"). I mean, they didn't ask for it either.

Sometimes, it really is the mind, a thought even though just for a second. I'm sure many of us have asked ourselves "Is it normal if I think/behave like this?" or "Am I out of my mind?". Hence, we build walls, we start to have our secrets, maybe secrets which we would not share with others (just because we don't want others to have stigma on us). While only one thought or one behaviour maybe "too unique", it's doesn't mean the person is simply "problematic". We'll have to look into the extend and frequency of the thought or behaviour not to forget the context the person is in.

Thanks to our immune system, we may recover soon after some time. Others may be less fortunate as the degree of recovery differs from one to another. Bear in mind that all these "mental disorders" that we've known are accumulated over a certain period of time. You don't catch it just like you would catch a flu. Once it gets serious, it may be very hard to cure. Hence prevention is better than cure. Seek help when you need to, seriously (and this is not intended for any publicity purposes). Trust me, if mental disorders can be as infectious as influenza A (H1N1), the hazard it brings will be much much much complicated. Quarantine will not be helpful because it's hard to control thoughts and behaviors. Moreover, psychiatric treatments are expensive and extensive. Recovery in a week is 99% negative.

It is, a pity that many people do not realise that what the problems they have. Most people always think I HAVE NO PROBLEMS. Is that possible? The possibility is, you may not see it as a problem while others may. Sometimes, we may be so used to the way to think or act that we don't see the flaws in ourselves. But when it comes to others, we're really good at spotting their weaknesses. When was the last time you did this?

Well, I just did it this morning. I woke up and realised that the toilet in my floor was "flooded" with dirty water. Must be some problematic girls who don't have the courtesy to keep the public place clean resulting in blockage AGAIN. She/They do whatever's convenient for them and ignore others' rights to enjoy a clean toilet. So they throw things in whichever place they like leaving others to feel gross about the end result/to clean up for them (I'm the one who usually file complaints to the office while some other floor mates could have just pretended nothing happened). While people may think that "crazy" people brings troubles to the "normal" people, some who think they're equally "normal" can also create hassles for others.
Is this considered a problem/faulty behavior? You decide.


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