Loneliness as a significant factor of depression and schizophrenia

Loneliness as a significant factor of depression and schizophrenia

Dejection is a mental state of feeling downcast and of low spirit.

Mild dejection is a mental state of being mildly depressed or in a state of mild depression.  Severe dejection is a mental state of being severely depressed or in a state of severe depression.

Loneliness is considered a neuropsychiatric symptom, and chronic loneliness reflects a mental state of feeling helpless and hopeless and a mental attitude that one cannot make any changes to one’s situation, such as a change in one’s physical environment and personal outlook.

Strokes cause changes in the brain, mild cognitive impairment, short term memory loss, and psychosomatic physical handicap, such as unilateral blindness.

Schizophrenia is characterized by abnormal social behavior, failure to understand what is the reality, having false beliefs, hearing voices, having anxiety disorder and panic attacks, and having delusions which are manifestations of the failure to understand what is real.  Even though schizophrenia does not imply a split personality or multiple personality disorder, there is definitely an alternating emergence and remission of two sets of personalities or two sets of personality traits that are the opposite in mental attitude, emotions, mannerisms, beliefs, cognition, and a difference in understanding of surrounding reality.  One personality exhibits normal emotions and personal behavior of gentleness, kindness, sympathy, while the other personality exhibits hatefulness and spitefulness.

Loneliness is a perception of the mind.  Chronic loneliness is associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, decreased memory, and poor decision making.  In this mental state of perception, there is an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness and an inability to make changes to one’s situation.

Based on observation, it seems that the different personalities defined as two sets of different behaviors and different cognitions of reality provide an outlet for change.  If a docile personality is dominant at the moment, the subject behaves in a docile manner with full recognition of the reality of that moment.  If an alternate delusional and spiteful personality set is dominant at the moment, then the “person” would behave differently, even take action without realizing the consequence of that action.

The docile personality recognizes the reality of the surroundings but the spiteful personality does not recognize the reality of the surroundings, denies reality and denies the presence of actual physical handicap such as being unilaterally blind following the stroke.  Delusion is the only reality.  In this reality, the subject exhibits tremendous physical strength with physical motions that seemingly are not handicapped in any way.

The rash action taken by the “person” now dominated by the spiteful personality seems to be an attempt to escape from the feeling of an inability to change the situation.  The rash action taken is an attempt to change the situation.  In observation, the subject adamantly expresses a strong urge to leave, “to go home”, and saying “I must leave”.

It seems that the spiteful personality is alleviating the feeling of loneliness by taking rash action to escape from the loneliness felt when the docile personality is dominant.

Thus it seems that loneliness as a neuropsychiatric symptom is a significant factor in both depression and schizophrenia.

 

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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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