What do you think it feels like to lose your "mind"?

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  1. NGRIA Bassett profile image60
    NGRIA Bassettposted 14 years ago

    Ever wonder what it is like to have lost your mind?

    1. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I lose it all the time. But I always manage to find it ! big_smile

    2. Shadesbreath profile image77
      Shadesbreathposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I think it highly improbable that a person could lose his or her mind.  I mean, where would it go?  Frankly, the idea is absurd and don’t pay much attention to the shiny lights flashing on my screen are pretty aren’t they Ohhh, flashy flashy, aif ad;l;ou23j.jas…

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      Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      all the time, then I figure if I'm wondering I must still have it.

    4. rebekahELLE profile image83
      rebekahELLEposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      not really.

      I think some have really never tapped into their own minds, just living off what they're fed.

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      cosetteposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      ew no. why would anyone ponder such a thing?

      i do know some people here though who clearly shouldn't be walking around loose...

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        wunspunposted 11 years agoin reply to this


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      wunspunposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      where is your mind in the first place? we are floating in space..on a rock....fucking eachother and making more of eachother...for...to die...never learning the mysteries of the universe sadly for most...but dont get lost...just learn...and have the drive to press on and realise all these people and things AND STRESSORS have nothing to do with the TRUE PURPOSE of life and that is EPIC..the MOST EPIC thing, the MOST IMPORTANT thing in this life YOUR ALIVE12347659090......THE CODE IS IN YOU..we are part of the infinite universe...EPIC. you SUCCEDED IN LIFE ALREADY FOR YOU ARE READING THIS AND YOU ARE ALIVE SO YOU HAVE DONE THE UNDO ABLE. GOD IS IN US. its truely unfeasible that we even exist its EPIC AND INSPIRING...now stressors dont seem so epic anymore and EPICNESS SEEMS MORE AWE INSPIRING.

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        wunspunposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        WE AS HUMANS NEED TO learn to LOVE  and LEARN...AND LOVE EACHOTHER...no more wondering we already knew all this..its in all of our minds in the middle of it..one day we will all live together in peace and matromony once we get exhuasted of the DEPRESSION. and rise to the stars.

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    Brenda Durhamposted 14 years ago

    From second-hand experience, I see that it's a very sad thing, a scary thing, a confusing thing.  A person loses control of their life;  it affects their emotions,  their physical abilities, their ability to sleep well;  a whole myriad of effects.  They feel alone very often;  sometimes paranoid.

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      PrettyPantherposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I've seen the beginnings of it, and your description is so true.  I would also add that, from my observations, it is common for those whose faculties are leaving them to recognize it at first.

  3. confused barbie profile image59
    confused barbieposted 14 years ago

    No dont like to think about it because if I did I might loose mine thinking about it.

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      wunspunposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      you cannot lose what is not in your hands.

  4. jenblacksheep profile image68
    jenblacksheepposted 14 years ago

    I've always thought that while it's sad for everyone around you, when it's happening to you, you don't really notice so much. I guess there's different types of 'losing your mind' sometimes you realise and sometimes you don't.

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      A Texanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Gotta agree, the one losing their mind might think those around them have lost theirs.

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    StormRyderposted 14 years ago

    I knew a guy in college who had what his doctors called mild schizophrenia...Super nice guy, when he remembered to take his medication...some days he would forget and it could become kind of scary for us and him. There would be times we would find him talking to a group of people in an empty room...but he would be carrying on conversations with multiple people, some being quite heated. He told us there were days he couldn't tell what or who was real...that is scary...to me anyway.

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      wunspunposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      thats truely happening for him and you need to help him dipict them from us, they are real but they do not affect us only him and he doesnt need that he should focus more on the physical relm and dimention as it will be benificial to his everyday life, he shouldnt fear his halucinations or they will get worse and scarier he needs someone to hold his hand and tell him its okay and calm him down until you cant get his meds...but talk therapy can accually make his hallucinations slowly more controlable and he will gain the ability to know to himself for sure when he is hallucinating so he can mental check himself and feel more comfortable being 100% sure with himself...90% of schistophrinics are not even sure you are real....id say about 35% everyday people may have the same thoughts in the back of their minds...but its important to reensure your friend you are real and he is real and what is real...aliens are real...but his halucinations are a break in dimentions and he is registering a alternate dimention fully as to the point to where he speaks to people that are not there but his brain is showing him them 100% so its hard to understand but they are real all those people he see's you just can not see them make sure he is on your side not theirs because they could be volitile and manipulative..but dont be scared or it will only make your guy in college more scared and possible freak out. but yeah this has been flips tips

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    LegendaryHeroposted 14 years ago

    Can you really tell if you're losing your mind? Can you actually know?

  7. BeccaHubbardWoods profile image88
    BeccaHubbardWoodsposted 14 years ago

    I think you can feel it at first. Then everyone around you starts to seem crazy.

    1. NGRIA Bassett profile image60
      NGRIA Bassettposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I think that sometimes the peson may know that they are on the edge, When someone loses grasp of reality and becomes psychotic, hallucinating etc, I wonder if they have moments of contact with the reality that most people experience.
      I have spoken with several folks who have been on the otherside of the thin line that they say separated sanity from insanity and they tell of moments of awareness. What do you think?

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        Millionheirposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        yes at times i was aware but much like the news on the television...i know it's there but i don't completely grasp the reality, or repurcussions of the event

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    Millionheirposted 14 years ago

    i'm bippolar so i have been there before...its' the most beautiful thingin the world..i was totally disconnected from everyone and my reality was mine to control completely

  9. H.C Porter profile image80
    H.C Porterposted 14 years ago

    i use to think about it often (when I thought I was almost there), and for some reason thought it would feel somewhat like an out of body experience of watching yourself, but unable to grasp concepts or emotions... but there would be no panic, because reasoning to justify the panic would be absent... so it would be calm, empty, a distant memory of sadness while not understanding and continuing to be totally detached from everyone and everything around.

  10. Greek One profile image64
    Greek Oneposted 14 years ago

    It would be something like this, i would imagine...


    1. H.C Porter profile image80
      H.C Porterposted 14 years agoin reply to this


  11. Ms Chievous profile image65
    Ms Chievousposted 14 years ago

    There is losing your mind and not being in your right mind.  Losing your mind to me means you will never get it back.  When people are not in their right mind they often don't realize it.  From my experience they often don't remember what they did to get where they are at...

  12. Obscure Divine profile image59
    Obscure Divineposted 14 years ago

    I usually "feel" great while I'm so-called "losing" my mind, especially when I'm on the good "stuff."  ...Sort of like when the hubber 'Greek One' drinks too much of the high-quality bourbon - known as "Crown Royal."  <-- I bet that bastard doesn't share, either. Ha-ha! big_smile

  13. Rafini profile image81
    Rafiniposted 14 years ago

    Losing your mind is not a fun experience.  I have been through it and have not yet fully regained it, if I ever will.  Let's just acknowledge the circumstance of losing your mind creates a high level of non-functionality.

    1. donotfear profile image83
      donotfearposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Rafini: I see no evidence in your writing and responses that you are still, truly, "out of your mind". If you experienced psychosis and are on medication for it and still experiencing some of the symptoms, you should contact your doctor/therapist for an adjustment.  You can still have some mild symptoms, I suppose, but you don't sound at all 'crazy' to me!

      1. Obscure Divine profile image59
        Obscure Divineposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        This place is full of nuts, not that anyone on this thread is [insert any noun(s) ya like], but you can't judge mental conditions via cyberspace...  LOL!  That is a silly assumption...  big_smile

        1. donotfear profile image83
          donotfearposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          You are right....I was feeling too analytical that day. Get in the mode sometimes when I've had a difficult case the night before. Duh, it just leaks out...slap me once in a while. I had a boss who told me I drove her nuts because I questioned everything and gave every situation the 'benefit of the doubt' too much. Anyhow, I sure don't have the credentials to diagnose anything, much less over cyber.  I might add....it would have sounded better to use the traditional mental health verbage:
          'Based on my observation I believe.........or 'as evidenced by....'.

      2. Rafini profile image81
        Rafiniposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Oh!  What I meant was my assessment on what it means to lose ones mind.  smile

        I'm no longer on meds, but I'm taking St Johns Wort, Ginsing, and Fish Oil supplements, because the issues I continue to have are cognitive based and is why I asked if full recovery is possible. smile

        1. donotfear profile image83
          donotfearposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          OH!!! Well, good grief, there I go again....assessment is my work & I constantly find myself over-analyzing a situation to death. I'm stuck in the mindset of it.

          I'm taking some of the same stuff you are. I'm off Prozac altogether. Here, here!

          1. Rafini profile image81
            Rafiniposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            I know that feeling!  lol  being critical isn't the only negative in my nature....  lol

  14. donotfear profile image83
    donotfearposted 14 years ago

    Being that this is my work, I can tell you first hand it's not pleasant. The term "lose your mind" can also be associated with 'psychosis', which means, taking from Wiki, quote: "a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a "loss of contact with reality". People suffering from psychosis are said to be psychotic.

    People experiencing psychosis may report hallucinations or delusional beliefs, and may exhibit personality changes and thought disorder. This may be accompanied by unusual or bizarre behavior, as well as difficulty with social interaction and impairment in carrying out the daily life activities."

    In simple terms, "losing your mind" means - an altered mental status that impairs your mind to the point that you may here voices, see hallucinations, have extreme paranoia (like you're being followed), think you may be someone else (a schizophrenic man may think he's Barak Obama or Jesus), or sense persecution in a really inflated way.

    I've seen em all....and believe me, you can tell the difference between someone who is 'out of it' from somebody who is 'completely gone'. Example: had a guy who was brought to me handcuffed, tied down to a wheelchair. They had a sterile mask on him to keep him from spitting on me. He had gashes all over his head from banging it against the wall, he would not make eye contact, and his only response was to growl like a dog.
    Just last night I saw a person who was totally 'catatonic'. Would not respond to questions, would not give urine to nurses (had to be catheterized), and would only twitch when asked questions.  That, my friends, is what "losing your mind" is.

    1. Rafini profile image81
      Rafiniposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Would you agree with my assessment?  Nobody ever said I lost my mind, but to me, I did.  And then, is it possible to fully regain it through recovery?

      (hope you don't mind me asking, it's been a major concern for me for a few years)

  15. megs78 profile image60
    megs78posted 14 years ago

    i actually think i experienced that while giving birth.  I was on morphine becuase the labor was so intense and long and when they finally put me in a helicopter to fly me to an emergency hospital, i couldn't move because they strapped me to a gurney all by myself in the back.  i had dilated to 10 centimeters in the time it took to get to flying altitude and the medics didn't know it.  i was in the back screaming and pushing and finally blacked out.  the thing was, at one point, i couldn't discern up from down, i was in such a mess and i was sure i had lost my mind.  it waslike being in a water world of pain and confusion.  i never want that to happen to me again.

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      Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      wow. Im glad you got past that.
      hows your kiddo by the way?

      1. megs78 profile image60
        megs78posted 14 years agoin reply to this

        that delivery turned out ok in the end.  it was scary for sure, but i delivered on the gurney being wheeled into a room with two nurses and my husband attending.  the doc showed up after it was all said and done, checked my daughter over and proclaimed her healthy.  smile

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          Justine76posted 14 years agoin reply to this

          that's good, but what  I meant was, maybe Im confusing you with someone else,sorry...I thought she was sick awhile back?

          1. megs78 profile image60
            megs78posted 14 years agoin reply to this

            oh maybe you mean my second daughter?  she was born with a hole in her heart, weighing 10 pounds and 4 oz, and with some fluid in her lungs.  she had to be in intensive care for 3 days, but everything is ok today.  is that what you meant?  in spite of all that, she was quite healthy.  the problem was the doctors who let me go a week over my due date.  when they finally got me in for an ultrasound and saw the size of her, they rushed to get her out.  the hole in her heart closed on its own within days.  strange stuff.  so, is that what you meant?

  16. Pandoras Box profile image61
    Pandoras Boxposted 14 years ago

    I was never psychotic, but for a few years I was slipping away. I knew it was happening, and for my childrens' sake I eventually cured myself, which was a very difficult process of self guided replacement therapy. We never had insurance in those years.

    Fortunately my family is full of psychotics and mentally challenged individuals, so after a while I was able to recognize what was happening to me. Thankfully I loved my children way too much to pull the plug.

    For their sake, I dragged myself out of it. It is amazing. really amazing. The difference between what I was and what I am now, and the fact that faking it cured me.

    It's hard to explain in a few words, as is anything I guess, but I would say that I cured myself through TAKING CONTROL OF MY OWN MIND!

    It felt fake, it felt forced, it felt hopeless and bullshitty and it took years to get through it even after I had begun, but I did it anyway because I didn't have any choice.

    I've tried to discuss it with others, (family members who are insane) but people don't believe me. They don't believe they can heal themselves. I don't believe their doctors will ever cure them. At least, not until they recognize that they have to be actively willing to be cured.

    At the same time, I recognize that they have lost much more of their minds then I ever did. My problems didn't start till my later teen years, and I didn't recognize any problems until I had three children and had by that point became dysfunctional.

    I didn't really have anyone to enable me. My husband ignored it as much as possible (he's a very practical sort), and I didn't have anyone that I felt comfortable dumping my children onto. So I had two choices, cure myself or die.

    I should point out that while I may have been delusional (I know I was), I never experienced actual hallucinations or stuff like that.

    1. donotfear profile image83
      donotfearposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Congratulations for recovering!!! And also for recognizing the causes and effects of your illness. You go girl!

  17. kirstenblog profile image77
    kirstenblogposted 14 years ago

    I lost my mind for a while once, found it covered in dust and lint under the couch! lol

    Seriously I think it could be considered that I lost my mind or went crazy or whatever other saying you might want to use. I spent a good amount of time healing from a traumatic childhood and have come to believe that it might be that I was not crazy, that the world is crazy and my response was the only logical one I had at my disposal at the time. I have since learned new a different ways of coping and tolerating the insanity of the world big_smile

    1. Rafini profile image81
      Rafiniposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That reminds me of something my mom always said, which was:  I'm alright, the worlds all wrong!  big_smile

      1. kirstenblog profile image77
        kirstenblogposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Funny Mummy eh? lol

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    George Stuartposted 14 years ago

    Loosing your mind isnt always a bad thing

    in reality people who loose there mind never really owned it to begin with - usually something traumatic took there minds away from them before it had chance to develop and they have been living as a pretend self covering up the pain for many long lonely years.

    My belief is that loosing your mind can actually be a good thing in the long run as what it really means is that you no longer wish to pretend to be what society deems normal and in fact you are on your way to break down and break through whcih means your journey to your soul has begun.

    The problem with society is that it treat people with mental health problems as something to fix or lock away. Doctors mainly fail to look at the real resons behind someone illness and use pills and ECT to cover the illness over.

    More skillled talking therapys are needed to help people take the first steps to recovery.

  19. zulumuscle profile image61
    zulumuscleposted 11 years ago

    maybe it feels like being drunk or high. Who knows. I don't think you know when you are losing your mind. If I was losing my mind I would probably think other people are losing their minds and they are out to get me.

  20. austinhealy profile image73
    austinhealyposted 11 years ago

    I don't remember, it happened such a long time ago . What was the question again ? smile


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