How did I learn the English language? In elementary terms, first I learned the alphabets (i.e. abcd…). I was taught that they had picture references to help me memorize them. Then I was taught to randomly combine the alphabets to sounds too form words (i.e. m+a+n=man). The words I learned connected to form sentences. The sentences that I learned grouped together to form paragraphs; those paragraphs connected together to form a theory that I using to put this information together.
As one of the most disabling mental health condition, how did I learn that theoretically, Schizophrenia (Sz) is a language? First, I learned about, observed, and experienced the symptoms (i.e. delusions, hallucinations and paranoia) personally. Then randomly I combined the symptoms I was having, learning and experiencing to notice a pattern (i.e. obscure messages came from the symptoms). The patterns connected to explain a behavior (i.e. the patterns with the symptoms formed an awareness). The awareness with the behavior grouped together to form an explanation. The explanation connected to form meaning. The meaning grouped together to describe a problem. These problems are outlined in the DSM manual. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association and it provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders.
To solve a problem you have to understand it. To understand a problem you have to find what creates it. What creates Sz is a “malfunction” experienced in the brain. Could the “malfunction” have been misunderstood as a disease? Could the misunderstanding simply been a warning to change a personal and societal behavior? Could the behaviors be the result of a lifestyle and belief which communicates in efforts of providing a solution? Could the lifestyle and beliefs be the result of what we all created, consciously and unconsciously? If all of us created the problem, couldn’t we all fix it? This would require acceptance that we did.