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Schizophrenic Visions

Updated on November 11, 2013

An Introduction and Summary

This is a very dark poem. It deals with the imagery and fear created by the delusional, sick mind of a person suffering from schizophrenia. If you are a squeamish person and/or not a fan of graphic horror images, you may want to turn back now. However, if you do manage to make it through, I've also included some informational content about schizophrenia, its causes, symptoms, and possible treatments. In addition , don't be bashful about telling me what you think in the polls and/or comments.

Schizophrenic Visions - a poem by Kelly W. Patterson

Evil spins among the frightful innocents, Bloodlust cries out from clenched fangs
Faith disappears amid psychosis, While serpents engulf crucified souls

Anguish entangles fleeting caresses, While Nosferatu repels dying clutches
A ravenous Wolf satiates upon the soul, The Asylum secretes its spectral fear

Prayers yield only barren impudence, Resulting in nothing but lost hopes
Desire rewarded with baleful manacles,Both disappear down a fleeting void

A forgotten Muse laments lost beauty, While Rats whisper sweet nothings
A Spider spins a most natural beauty, Before hungrily devouring its Guest

The Evil From Within

The nightmarish images of a sick mind.
The nightmarish images of a sick mind.

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    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thanks for the info and good luck Chaoco. I do know that many schizophrenia sufferers have problems finding medication that is effective without causing adverse side effects.

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      chaoco 

      8 years ago

      I have schizophrenia and have tried multiple drugs and am mostly allergic to anti psychotics so my response be prerogative. I currently take 1200 lithium, flexiril for neuralgia pain tardive dyskenisia and grimace facial muscle pain, metoprolol tartrate for hypertension due to inflammation or other, and ambien for sleep terror disorder. I have constant auditory and visual hallucinations with two other personalities that try to takeover my main personality for use of my day to day body and I have found that Ambien and other hypnotic sedatives work better than lithium and all other drugs I have taken, I take ten mg ambien and if I stay awake it causes the voices to fall asleep and become much less responsive and much less hallucinatory, though it increases the persistent sexual arousal syndrome they cause as they move around but even this is less in all at its peak. If they could develop a sedative hypnotic i could take during the daytime that does not cause visual hallucinations I would take it and it would be seventy five percent effective rather than the dull twenty five percent effectiveness of lithium and other antipsychotics that do not cause (in some cases) even worse symptoms than the schizophrenia bacteria by itself without any chemical compounds at all.

      That picture of the joker is light considering what the bacteria actually shows someone who couldnot possibly medium the representation

    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thanks MrMidNight, the pic is from Arkham Asylum a classic Batman graphic novel. It's well worth reading.

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      MrMidNight 

      8 years ago

      Very interesting hub, i really like the image of the pic you posted.

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      That does sound pretty outrageous cosette. It is a bad situation all around. Sometimes, even more so for the family and friends of the afflicted.

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      cosette 

      8 years ago

      this poem is very powerful. I recently saw a little girl (on the Oprah Winfrey show) who was born schizophrenic. it is a terrible illness, and her parents have to live in separate apartments (next to each other) so she doesn't harm her little brother. I can only imagine the challenges they face on a daily basis. what was so striking was her incredibly vivid and rich imagination and exceedingly advanced IQ. I wanted to write a book about her to document her visions - they re just unbelievable.

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      That's very true Jery. One of the big issues with schizophrenics is the tendency among them not to take their medication. Besides the paranoia that often comes along with schizophrenia, a lot of the medication available also acts as a sedative as much as an actual solution, if not more. Being sluggish and tired all the time when on the medication is something that makes it more likely that people suffering with schizophrenia will not take their medication.

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      Jery 

      8 years ago from Kennewick WA USA

      I have an ex-mother-inlaw who, one psychiatrist said had the worse case of schizophrenia he had ever seen. It's an illness that is all consuming and many times misunderstood. Schizophrenics, because of an inherent lack of trust, tend to not want to take the medications that can lessen or even eliminate their symptoms. It's really very sad, and as much as you want to help the individual, it can be difficult because they really don't trust you either. While most mental illnesses don't have to be a life sentence, unfortunately schizophrenia, I think, for many is!

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thanks much, suiteorchids!

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      suiteorchids 

      8 years ago

      I really like it, I recently watched a movie about a serial killer dealing with schizophrenia very dark and intense world one has to live in...

    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thanks for stopping by BC. I will check out your profile when I get a chance.

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      Bovine Currency 

      8 years ago

      Hi,

      I enjoyed your poem to a certain degree. Broad use of language but I felt lost in the words more than natural creating imagery. I enjoyed reading what you had to say and I appreciate you tried to encapsulate the schizophrenic experience with the dense style. Obviously many people enjoyed it though for whatever reasons. I have diagnosed schizophrenia and two sisters so it is interesting to hear comments made by people with siblings suffering the illness. I too write poetry, I have a written on hubpages about my experience with schizophrenia also, take a look, its my first hand experience.

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thank you for reading it Michael. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Michael Achilles 

      9 years ago

      Long chambers of visual fear.....I enjoyed it. Thanks for posting it...

    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thanks Valerie. I do think it's best to provide a good amount of content. Poems tend to be rather short, so I felt including related info would be a good way to flesh it out.

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      Valerie F 

      9 years ago from Idaho Falls, ID

      Extremely descriptive and possibly informative. I might have to consider such an idea for any future poetry hubs I create.

    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Yeah Dolores, I think it really is one of the worst things someone could be afflicted with.

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Kelly, I was all prepared to get scared up by actually it made me sad, how awful for someone to have to suffer frightening delusions like that.

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thank you very much RooBee. Everybody needs encouragement.

      While I certainly prefer your type of reaction and am glad that most people who have commented reacted positively, everyone has a right to their own sensibilities. So long as they aren't deliberately trying to be hurtful, I don't try to prevent people from expressing their honest opinions. I much prefer to kill them with kindness and/or sarcasm.

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      Arby Bourne 

      9 years ago from USA

      "I suppose (it) was okay"... it is amazing how everyone interprets or reacts to poetry different. This seems so harsh for a really good poem. But, to each their own. I just happened back here, saw that, and couldn't help commenting on it. I just felt compelled to re-iterate how good I think you are. Not that you need the encouragement, but you never know. :)

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thanks ralwus. My brother was schizophrenic and it really does profoundly alter people.

      Thanks for the input sandra. The delusions associated with schizophrenia are very real to them.

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      sandra rinck 

      9 years ago

      Well I was hoping to read something that really creeped me out but ehh.

      I suppose the poem was okay. While subbing once, I received a picture from a student. The student looked just as "normal" as everyone else, sweet kid really.

      But what the student drew, in remarkable detail and swore it was what the student saw...that was real.

      And the most amazing thing about it was the students works was so fascinating, so accurate, so detailed in every way that the only way I could, in some way, understand it was to understand that they really don't know the difference...

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      ralwus 

      9 years ago

      I think you captured the mind of one of my loved ones fairly well Kelly. 'A forgotten Muse laments lost beauty' this line seems to sum up some of the voices they hear.

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thank you Fresh Writing, RooBee, and Holly. I very much appreciate both the feedback and compliments.

      HatedNation, I'm also on Triond, but I use it mostly just to post photography. I'll venture over there and have a look around your profile.

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      hollynoel001 

      9 years ago

      very descriptive

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      HatedNation 

      9 years ago

      Poetry is so personal that the only way to truly judge the value of it (from a writers perspective) is when you say "Damn, I should have wrote that" And I did, well done!

      You may enjoy and/or find inspiration from some of mine:

      www.triond.com/users/hatednation

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      Arby Bourne 

      9 years ago from USA

      Wow, this is amazing. I don't say that lightly, either. You have chosen just the right words to describe this frightening nightmare. I don't have any experience w/ schizophrenia other than what I've read here and there, but from an artistic standpoint this poem is excellent. I very much like your style.

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      Fresh Writing 

      9 years ago

      Very dark but accurate- schizophrenia is nothing to laugh about.

      Nicely done,

      -Fresh Writing

    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Your avi probably wouldn't have a headache from looking at it.

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      Pamda Man 

      9 years ago from Pandaland

      Why?

    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Maybe you need to adjust the settings on your screen Pamda.

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      Pamda Man 

      9 years ago from Pandaland

      Oh, it's you.... -.- Lol.

    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thanks Dame. It is a very destructive form of mental illness. The delusions can be very realistic to the person suffering from schizophrenia.

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      Pamda Man 

      9 years ago from Pandaland

      I never said I want schizophrenia. I'm just saying his poem looks weird to me.

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      Dame Scribe 

      9 years ago from Canada

      It is difficult to imagine their minds in such a turmoil and is expressed well. :)

    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      You don't want to get schizophrenia Pamda.

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      Pamda Man 

      9 years ago from Pandaland

      I don't get it....

    • EYEAM4ANARCHY profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thanks Dave. I appreciate it.

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      mysticdave 

      9 years ago

      An intense read...very descriptive, i enjoyed it.... :)

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