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Different Perspective On Schizophrenic Delusion

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I was diagnosed as a “paranoid schizophrenic” 45 years ago.. According to Dr. William Pettit, a retired psychiatrist well versed in many conditions, schizophrenia is a diagnosis that is “where we are, not who we are.”  
 
Given this insight, I feel I have moved beyond my original label. Now at a place of reconciliation, I am in recovery from my condition since being first diagnosed in 1975. 
 
To give a brief overview: I was removed from Dartmouth College and placed in a psychiatric hospital in New York City for 13 weeks for “acute schizophrenic delusions,” The result, I believe, of wholesale use of illegal intoxicants, the chief of which were marijuana and LSD. In short, I thought I was God. 
 
For the last 29 years, I have avoided any signs of a psychotic break after 13 hospitalizations in 18 years.

Since then, I have seriously reflected on the nature of the Soul and the unique role it plays in every individual.  

These thoughts have led me to entertain a belief in “biogenetic predestination” instead of free will. Based upon the term, everything that has happened to me was part of a chosen plan by my Soul—conceived much before my conception in my mother’s womb.  
 
My delusion was a necessary component of the education my Soul demanded to fulfill its purpose for my lifetime on Earth. : 
 
“Why,” you might be asking yourself, “would my Soul choose to submit to the horrors of schizophrenia, and what have I learned?”  When I was at my most “psychotic” and out of touch with reality, I experienced insights and euphoria. Very few people can explain how this feels unless they have experienced joy firsthand.
 
I intuited that the hospital unit was my Spaceship, “The Dialina” and my residential psychiatric “Program,” where I spent almost six years, was the training ground for my future as the prophesized Lord. I learned of my uniqueness and the specialness of every other creature on the planet. Rather than being an exclusive “God,” I discovered everyone else was also divine. 
 
But what has this got to Dew with the Soul? I believe not only in the existence of a Higher Self, but indeed think we are incarnated only to learn the lessons this greater Self, which is the individual “Soul,” requires to continue its journey to Eternity.

Therefore, I chose a Path of immersion and recovery from the darkness of insanity. 

 
At my core, I now know I can deal with my own madness. Barring suicide, no situation is ever hopeless. Light will forever conquer darkness.. This conquest of light over dark is the basis of my assertion: “Recovery is always an Option,” the mantra which continues to be the fundamental principle ruling my life. 
 

About the Author

Dale Walsh

Dale Walsh is a coach for the families of those diagnosed with schizophrenia. Diagnosed in 1975, his mental health journey has evolved from total psychosis to a miraculous recovery. He has been coaching the families of those with a loved one with schizophrenia since 2018 and is the creator of the LIVELOVE method to help his clients. He lives by the mantra “Recovery is Always an Option.”

After thirteen-week incarceration in a hospital after being “extracted” from Dartmouth College, he came to a private psychiatric program in New Jersey where he was hospitalized nine times over five years. He then moved into his own unsupervised apartment and returned to college at Fairleigh Dickinson University, from where he graduated magna cum laude in English Literature.

Dale has been episode-free for 28 years. For the last five years he has been dedicated to creating his coaching business for the “forgotten victims” of his illness: the family members and caregivers who are daily challenged by their loved one’s condition. He brings an unique “inside out” approach to his clients to illuminate the true workings of the schizophrenic mind. His coaching is based on empathy, listening, love, faith and a deeper understanding of the disease that comes from his experiences.

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