Friday, July 20, 2012

Psychotic episodes

This morning I pondered for a moment to decide whether to listen to a book-on-tape or talk radio as I was getting ready for work. I decided on talk radio, and soon learned about the massacre that occurred in nearby Aurora. I was riveted by the developing story, and drove to work with the radio on. A person claiming to be a "psychotic schizophrenic" called into the program. He said that many of his acquaintances who also have "mental problems" have been having a hard time since the new phase of the moon began. He said he, himself, was having problems, and recently ran out of the pills he takes to control his psychosis. He said he was a veteran of Desert Storm, and gets his meds at the V.A. Hospital in Aurora. He said when he is not on his meds, he wants to hurt himself, not others. Voices that sound like his own, his dead mother's, or his grandmother's tell him to hurt himself. He said he was abused by his father as a child, but did not elaborate. The talk show host urged him to get to the V.A. It was riveting radio.

As for the moon, don't laugh about that. I worked as a valet in front of a hospital emergency room. Whenever there was a full moon, there was always a parade of women coming to the emergency room with labor contractions.

Later that morning I was in Wal-Mart. A young teen girl, 12 or 13-years old, was screaming at the top of her lungs. She was hearing voices, and holding her hands over her ears to try to stop the voices. The words coming out of her mouth were jumbled and unintelligible. There was a kind adult female with her (her mother?) who kept holding her hand, preventing her from running through the store. The adult kept calm and patiently talked to the girl. I thought about what the caller to the talk radio program said about the effect of the new moon. The woman bought the girl a small toy monkey, put it in her hands, and escorted her out of the store. The girl stopped screaming.

Update: Faithful Christian reader of this blog, Trinka, has this to add:  "A friend is in charge of a nursing home with an Alzheimers' unit. She also notices the changes in people's mental state along with the phase of the moon.

I can't tell you how many times, I've seen those signs at the door to an establishment, I think, "the people who would pose are danger are NOT going to obey that sign."

I saw a beautiful testimony by a woman who was in that theater with her two teens":

1 comment:

Terri Wagner said...

Every medical person I know stands by this concept. I can believe it. Full moons affect tidal waves and we are mostly water are we not? That's not a sarcastic comment, a thoughtful one, altho I could maybe put it better? HA.