Insanity: Is it true that it can be shared by family members?
Have you heard about this? Insanity can be handed down by mother or father to their children. Call it the unusual or queer genetic disturbance but it is true. It runs in the blood, in the family, or should I say, in the brain?
I had a casual talk with my friendly neighbor, a close family friend, who related that she's afraid her another brother is a candidate for insanity; her elder sister succumbed to this mental distortion. She also added that at her father's family tree, some of her cousins have the same problem. If you don't know their true mental status, you can leave first impression that they're normal, unless, you can see them talk or act in a peculiar way.
She even spilled out that her cousins excelled at their college classes until that unusual behavior came.
Usually, this unusual hereditary trait will surface when:
- someone reaches the age of 18;
- he/she became fully frustrated in love;
- stress defeated your disposition.
When that unusual tick in the brain, or maybe some neurons being destroyed because of too much serious thinking going on, that it snapped ones normal disposition that carried him/her into their own world of separateness away from normal life.
With shared insanity, I think, there's a rapport happening between two insane persons. Or maybe, the one is really insane, while the other is just acting it to jive with the former's behavior.
Let's find out.
'Folie a Deux': Insanity in Pairs by antoniomar79
Shared Insanity or Folie A Deux
In France, it is called Folie a deux or shared psychotic disorder. It pertains to delusional belief or a clear proof to being paranoid as if they're afraid of something we cannot see or sense in a normal way. Or even they can commit murderous act with just the two of them, with a pact that the two of them keeps in secrecy
Folie a deux , as a shared trait by a family also connotes emotional attachment. It can be with the couple, their offspring or even siblings.
Studies from Enoch & Ball's Uncommon Psychiatric Syndromes or emotional contagion.It reveals the following terminologies in order to closely understand and differentiate the different levels of psychosis.
- Folie Imposee - a dominant person or the principal actor who promotes a delusional belief that during the period of psychotic attack or abnormal behavioral episode, he/she makes other that what she's/he's saying or actuation is normal. A secondary receptor or acceptor or the associate will agree about the dominant person's behavior.
- Floie Simultanee - describes the situation where two people share delusional psychosis; as if they are mimicking each other.
Meanwhile, there's an argument from the book, Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, that an individual cannot be branded or diagnosed as insane or fool if his/her belief is accepted by the society.
If it is wrong, confusing or pure hearsay, it is not or will not be categorized as clinical delusions of psychotic profession. Instead it's a mass hysteria.
That's another subject that we should talk about.
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