Weedhead Gone Psychotic

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When Weed Plants Psychotic Seeds

It’s just weed! It doesn’t harm you and it’s better than alcohol! Alcohol gets you into fights and makes you do stupid things. Weed just makes you sit on the couch and watch Harold and Kumar! What people usually think about weed right? It’s time to snap out of this mentality because weed can cause psychosis in many users, especially those who are genetically vulnerable or those who smoke a ton. Marijuana enjoys planting seeds within your mind. Oftentimes, these seeds won’t sprout, but when they do, they can turn into psychosis.

The thing about marijuana is that the THC potency is much greater than it was 10-20 years ago. Growers are interbreeding various types of marijuana plants such as indicas and sativas, resulting in more potent strains. As with any drug, a user gains confidence based on his or her past tolerance, ending up smoking more of the drug until an unexpected adverse reaction develops.

In the case of cannabis, this adverse mental reaction is oftentimes paranoia or psychosis. The problem is that you can’t just turn off a paranoid or psychotic state of mind once it kicks in; the high has to dissipate before the paranoia subsides. If the paranoia kicks in within the first 15 minutes, the user has another 45-60 minutes to go before the marijuana calls it quits on his or her mental journey.

With psychosis however, this state can last even 1-2 weeks after the marijuana high is gone. It just depends on the person and how psychotic he or she has become during the high. For instance, imagine eating an edible at 7 pm and then experiencing no high by 7:45 pm. Many users who are inexperienced will indulge in a second edible, thinking that a second dose will do the trick.

By 8: 15 pm, the high from the first edible will start to kick in. The user will think, “I knew I just needed two doses!” But around 8:40 pm, the second edible will also start to kick in and the high will intensify during the whole night. At this point, a user is very vulnerable to becoming psychotic if they have ingested a very large dose of THC.

Depending on their state of mind, the psychosis may intensify during the night, causing their mind to fall deeper down the rabbit hole, sometimes to the point of no return. Now that is something scary to think about! In the field of psychiatry, we see many people who become psychotic from marijuana.

Please stop thinking that this drug is innocent; comparing it to alcohol does not make you sound any smarter! Every drug has its pitfalls. Period.

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COVID-19 And The Illuminati

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Paranoid And Anxious

Believe it or not, there are people who are decompensating mentally because of conspiracy theories. In the past, conspiracy theories did not contribute to a mental decompensation; if anything, it was other issues in their life that affected their mental health. But during this coronavirus pandemic, some mental health patients who previously entertained conspiracy theories such as The Illuminati aiming for world domination are ending up in the hospital.

It’s not just the conspiracy theories themselves that’s taking a toll on their mental health, but rather the environmental triggers associated with COVID-19. Some of these patients end up losing their jobs and experiencing marital problems, leading to anxiety, stress and paranoia. Substance use also becomes an issue; they start to drink alcohol or even revisit drugs from the past such as cocaine, marijuana and hallucinogens to make them feel better.

When you add all of these stressors together on top of excessive hours spent at home researching topics such as The illuminati, The Bilderberg group and The New World Order, it can be enough for your mind to crack wide open and release all its demons onto you. When this happens, these patients begin to exhibit troublesome and worrisome behavior which causes their families to panic.

Some of these behaviors may include making impulsive decisions, getting drunk, doing cocaine and staring into space while not responding. Their families will describe it as, “It’s like he’s lost his mind. He just stands there and stares.” When these patients arrive on the inpatient psychiatric ward, they admit to their disturbing behavior but still stick by their beliefs of The illuminati being responsible for releasing COVID-19 into society.

Some of you may ask, “What in the world is The illuminati and why would they do that?” It’s a conspiracy theory based on the idea that really wealthy elite individuals are calling the shots regarding what is going on in the world. In this scenario, the conspiracy is based on the idea that this cabal created COVID-19 in order to cause as many deaths worldwide, based on their longtime agenda of population control. Conspiracy theorists believe that The illuminati got the right virus but too low of a lethality.

Unfortunately, when you have underlying mental health problems and environmental stressors such as the coronavirus in your life, brushing up on your conspiracy theories is not the best idea. It may very well end you up in the hospital and as one psychiatric patient said,

“I can’t believe what’s happening to me. I’m in the hospital sitting here talking about the illuminati.”

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The Irresponsibility Of The Mainstream Media

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People Laughing In The Streets

No one is denying the impact that the coronavirus is having on our society. Over 400 deaths in the United States alone and thousands overseas, COVID-19 has earned its place in the history books. But the media has also earned its place in the history books for the paranoia that it has been instilling in people’s minds. The irresponsibility of the media needs to stop before the next generation of journalists come into power.

So what exactly is irresponsible about the mainstream media? The panic that they are contributing to. Rather than comforting the millions of viewers who are sitting at home in tears, not knowing how they will pay their next month’s bills, they continue to provide us with 24/7 news on how deadly this virus is and how we should all practice “social distancing.

What is portrayed in the media does not match what can be observed in the streets. And why is that? Because people are slowly losing interest in what they have to say. Take a look for yourself at what you can see in the streets: people are casually walking their dogs, families are strolling in parks, friends are smoking cigarettes and laughing, food vendors are in good spirits and selling Halal, etc.

Should we mention all the spring breakers partying on the beaches of Florida and the west coasters getting high and exercising on the beaches of sunny California? This is not meant to deny the importance of social distancing; we should continue to listen to our leaders and health officials on the recommendations of dealing with the coronavirus.

But it would be nice if the media did not secretly care so much about headlines and numbers, and rather report some positive news from time to time. Talking about COVID-19 24/7 is promoting paranoia, anxiety, substance use and depression in the population; people are also committing suicide! If this is not irresponsibility than I don’t know what is.

This is not meant to bash the mainstream media with the intent of hating. We here at The DSM Ready Community do not slide on hate; love is our passion. Our goal is to work with the mainstream media and help them realize that we the people want positive and honest news that does not scare us 24/7. I’m sure they can find a way of delivering other news that does not focus on the coronavirus all the time.

Only by focusing on various positive topics in the news, will people more effectively recover from this traumatic COVID experience and get on with their lives again.

Together we will!

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Paranoid Personality Disorder

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Questions To Ask During Paranoia

Imagine feeling suspiciousness, mistrust and discomfort for most of the time! You believe your neighbor has tapped your home, your boss is conspiring to have you fired and the IRS is watching you; you wholeheartedly believe these things despite any evidence. This is paranoia.

Are people really out to get me? Paranoid people believe that others have hidden motives and are out to harm them. You have to be very gentle with a paranoid person and answer this question very lightly; otherwise, they may start to believe that you are out to get them as well. The answer is, “I don’t think they are, but tell me more about why you feel this way.”

Why are people disloyal to me? Paranoid people question the loyalty of those around them, misinterpreting innocent comments and gestures. You have to be able to explain to a paranoid person that no one is being disloyal and to redirect their thought process into something positive; a mindset that will allow others the chance to express their loyalty.

Why am I hypersensitive to criticism? Because of their suspicious nature, paranoid people misinterpret comments, jokes and positive criticism; they see them as threats. If you are very close to a paranoid person, maybe you can try gently teasing them and then quickly explaining that you just wanted to make a point; stop being hypersensitive to innocent comments!

Why do I have trouble working with others? Again, because of their suspiciousness, paranoid people have difficulty working with others because they believe that they are out to get them or set them up for failure. Explaining to a paranoid person the importance of working well with others and how their career and well-being depend on it, may help him or her come to better terms with the idea.

Why am I quick to become angry and hostile? Becoming angry is a defense mechanism; it fuels the sympathetic system into “fight or flight;” in this case, most likely fight! One of the main reasons it is so hard to treat a paranoid person is because they view your attempt to help as suspicious. You have to earn a paranoid person’s trust and this takes time and energy, accompanied by a gentle approach.

Why am I detached or socially isolated? If you believed that others were out to get you, wouldn’t you stay in the comfort of your home and not talk to others? No one likes to isolate themselves; it promotes loneliness, sadness and a feeling of not being wanted.

Part of the treatment for a paranoid person is motivating them to become involved in activities that will force them to interact with others. The more time they spend around other people and see that nothing bad happens, the sooner they will become more comfortable and help their paranoia slowly diminish!

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