The Loaded Question


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One Day I was in BA 411 class and I started thinking about the world and the people that lives in the planet we call Earth. I'm a person that is fascinated by individuals' behaviors; I love knowing what makes them tick both in a good or bad way. I hear people say this at-least twice a day  "your crazy" or " you're not normal". My cousin is a doctor in infectious diseases and I decided to text her. 

Me: Random question, What is the medical term for crazy?  And also what is the science behind it?

Cousin: That's a loaded question my dude. And there's different types of "crazy". There's schizophrenia, schizoaffective, brief psychosis, etc. It's multifactorial, including neurotransmitter disturbances, genetic predisposition, environmental influences...Why?

Me: Actually what is the crazy that makes you act different in the sense of not acting normal like being able to shut off feelings and act very aggressively towards other people?

Cousin: Passive aggressive? Attitude? Immature defense mechanism? But that's not crazy. That's personality trait. Sounds like you're having girl problems. Lol

Me: Lol nope just wanted to know.

Cousin: Oh well that's my best concise answer. No diagnoses of mental illness; Just a defense mechanism. 

My cousin has a way of making things very complex but I love her. To be honest the only things I got out of our conversations were " There's schizophrenia, schizoaffective, brief psychosis, etc. It's multifactorial, including neurotransmitter disturbances, genetic predisposition, environmental influences." " Passive aggressive? Attitude? Immature defense mechanism? But that's not crazy. That's personality trait."

One thing that stood out to me in our little conversation and I did some research on was neurotransmitter disturbances. 


Neurotransmitter  are very cool after I read up on about it, so basically they are chemicals find in the brain which allows impulses to travel( or transmit a message) from one nerve cell to another. How can chemical makes us react to certain situations like that?  

I wonder what can cause neurotransmitter disturbances surprisingly it is far more complex than what I originally thought, it seem to me that neurotransmitter disturbances can cause many different types of metal illness that necessarily doesn't cause someone to act "crazy" or "not normal". I know the brain is a complicated organ that is capable of doing things better than some computers. However, the brain a delicate organ too if any imbalance of neurotransmitters are find within the brain that can lead to some very serious disorders. 

After doing some digging around about neurotransmitter disturbances I realized that anything can cause neurotransmitter disturbances from environment to genetics. So I guess when someone says "your crazy" "you're not normal" you should asked them what exactly is "crazy" or what is "not normal"?   

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Picture Source: ( http://www.howtofascinate.com/blog/bid/187873/Fascination-Happens-Deep-Within-The-Brain) 


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The term "your crazy" is such a broad statement that it doesn't have much of a definitive answer. Your cousins response was a typical response you would expect from a medical professional. I, like yourself, get called crazy very often, but it's not because I'm actually mentally unstable(as far as I'm aware). "Your crazy" is just a typical response to anything that is out of the ordinary, or from something that catches someone off guard. An eccentric or outgoing person may seem "crazy" to some people because they would never act that way. People who are different, who stray from the norm a bit don't necessarily have schizophrenia they might just be, "being out of the ordinary : unusual"(Merriam-Webster).

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crazy

In my AP Psych class last year, I learned a lot about Neurotransmitters and found them extremely interesting. They are so complex and play a huge part in our brain's function. Its amazing to think that one little glitch in the brain's neurotransmitters can cause serious mental problems such as Altzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. Here is a website that defines neurotransmitters and gives examples and descriptions of each kind.http://www.neurogistics.com/thescience/whatareneurotransmi09ce.asp

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