If you think you are going crazy, then you're probably experiencing some disorienting symptoms. Specifically, your world isn't behaving the way you expect it to under normal circumstances. But just because reality isn't meeting your expectations doesn't mean you're going crazy. Several things...
Best answer: If you think you are going crazy, then you're probably experiencing some disorienting symptoms. Specifically, your world isn't behaving the way you expect it to under normal circumstances. But just because reality isn't meeting your expectations doesn't mean you're going crazy. Several things could actually be happening.
You could be going crazy.
You might be under severe stress and/ or deficient in a vitamin/mineral.
You might be on medication that changes your perceptions.
You might have an underlying, as-yet undiagnosed condition.
Specific people might be messing with you for whatever reason.
To address each one:
(We'll get back to #1)
#2: Severe stress can change the way you think and perceive your surroundings. Without specifics it's impossible to say, but if you're under severe stress, chalk up your perceptions as being caused by stress unless and until you get more evidence for a different explanation. [For example: If trees are talking to you, it's not just stress--see a doctor]. Also: start taking a food-based vitamin and mineral supplement. Specifically, make sure you're getting enough magnesium. Really.
#3: Medications can REALLY alter your perceptions. Read the info on side effects for any meds you're taking. But, if you're taking meds, or changing or discontinuing a medication, chalk up the crazy feelings to the meds' side effects. See a doctor if symptoms continue or worsen [see "talking trees," above]. (*Same rule about vitamin/minerals as above)
#4: As we age, certain mental conditions show themselves more obviously. For example the symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and memory deficits can gradually get worse over time. So in short, you've always had the condition, but now you're noticing it.
Also current advances in diagnosing may have given a name to a condition you've always had, but weren't diagnosed. (We didn't have ADHD when I was a kid: we had hyperactivity, and bipolar was called manic -depressive. Many conditions were diagnosed way more stringently too).
Also conditions like dyslexia can cause you to think you're going crazy. I knew someone who made it all the way to college without having her dyslexia diagnosed until she took my class and I diagnosed her. She was truly losing it by the time we figured it out, because she was smart, and trying so hard, yet failing exams.
I also know someone who had brain trauma from a sports injury but was not diagnosed until 20 years later when she sought psychiatric help because she thought she was losing it.
#5. If you're highly intelligent, or a nerd, or geek, or different in some way, certain people may get frustrated, jealous or resentful. They will treat you as if you're messed up, when in fact, you just think differently from them.
If you have a lot of people arguing with you, telling you you're wrong...But you don't see any evidence that you're truly "wrong," then this may be the case.
This is especially true if you're a teenager. Teens have a lot going on with hormones and social development, etc. They are expected to rebel a bit, but surrounding adults always react and resist when a teen rebels; the accusation of craziness is often tossed around.
If you weren't rebellious as a teen, this can happen in your twenties too...or whenever you decide to resist your parents rule you can expect this backlash.
So getting back to #1... And how to tell. A good start is to take the MMPI 2, which is available for free, online. It's only truly available for free on one site. Be sure to get the correct one...you have to copy and download code to get the test, but it's easy, then it's free to take it and the website will score the test for you. I think it's called cognitive dynamics something.
The site will even help you interpret your results. If you're college-educated in psychology you should be able to make sense out of the results, if not, message me and I'll gladly help you for free : )
Educate yourself on the test before taking it. Realize that the results can be accurate, but might only reflect your current situation, not permanent craziness. For example, if you have a chronic pain condition and you're on medication, you're gonna score highly in certain categories, but that doesn't mean you're crazy because you're truly sick.
Hope this helps.
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