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    Life changes, and thus I do to. I seek to experience maximum amounts of joy and wish to nurture as much love in this life as I can.
  1. I agree full-heartedly. And there are people with physical brain damage that hallucinate, but do not have any other symptoms of schizophrenia and are not diagnosed as such. To have a person that has a tulpa be diagnosed as schizophrenic would be a rather sad, sorry state of affairs as the diagnosing clinician would need to ignore the fact that the client doesn't meet a whole host of other criteria that is required by the DSM.
  2. From Pleeb: One trait of personality disorders that make them difficult to treat is that they're, well, persistent, long-standing, they're core of a personality. My response: I'm not certain that's quite an accurate statement. The disorder disrupts the core of the personality, I don't think it IS the personality. From Pleeb: From the comments in this thread, it looks like people are seeing things like antisocial personality disorder, etc. as a problem with brain function. I really don't think this is the case. Yes, some disorders have biological correlations, even genetics, but it's not the sole factor. My response: Biology, unless we're looking at a developmental dis-ease, is almost never the sole factor. In the case of Antisocial Personality Disorder, there appears to be an epigenetic correlation. Studies have found a genetic component to the disorder, but the gene doesn't seem to influence behavior and personality unless an environmental trigger exists, such as rampant abuse. The thing is that the disorder does cause an impairment in actual brain function, and in the case of ASPD, the cortex is impaired, reducing the afflicted's ability to make decisions. Psychopathy, with its definition of having little to no regard of other people's well-being, may be a response to this disorder, a survival mechanism, if you will. This last statement is my own musing, and not based on any actual research. From Pleeb: The personality disorders seem to have developmental and sociocultural components in them. My response: From the works I've seen, most, if not all, mental disorders have a strong sociocultural component to them. Anxiety disorders are more prevalent in cultures that hail individualism. Depression is recognized in some cultures and appears to be missing completely from others. Symptoms of the same disorder may be completely different among people of varying ethnicities. It's definitely not limited to personality disorders, but I do get the impression that they tend to exhibit greater variance among different cultures than the other disorders do. Although schizophrenia seems to be recognized pretty much everywhere, and bipolar disorder follows a close suit. From Pleeb: Don't get me wrong, personality disorders are very difficult to treat, especially since they're so deeply integrated into the person't identity. But that doesn't make the cause of the disorder a faulty brain, there's more to the psyche than that, otherwise things like psychotherapy, CBT, etc, wouldn't work. My response: I could be wrong on this, but most cases of true personality disorders don't work with psychology therapies alone and require a chemical intervention, at least in the beginning. For ASPD, last time I really dug through the annuls of academia, therapy was more about managing the behavior than it was about completely resolving the issues. Also, for most personality disorders, I've been under the impression that psychotherapy just doesn't work. It requires too much introspection on the behalf of the client and a lot of separating one's sense of self from the emotions they feel. It can be great for some issues, but usually not for things like ASPD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other disorders like it. Where does this leave us regarding the original question? I have a feeling that they may assist with many disorders, up to and including most personality disorders. In consideration of the what we know of ASPD, and the related psychopathy, I think that if the tulpa was created specifically for helping manage behavioral issues, it may work even better than most methods of therapy. Having a separate consciousness from the host, yet still being a part of the host, a tulpa would be able to assist with many of the decision-making issues that are problematic for those with the disorder, and thus nullify many of the extreme behaviors seen in those diagnosed with it. While it's possible that a tulpa can teach a psychopath empathy, I would imagine that the tulpa would need to have the required characteristics built in at the time of creation, and would only work after trust is fully established, which can be rather hard for a psychopath to do. The only way I can see a tulpa having the required characteristics for teaching empathy is if s/he had a link to at least some parts of host's core personality undamaged by the disorder. Once this is done, it is completely possible that the psychopath would feel empathy torwards the tulpa in general, but not humanity. It is at this point the psychopath may benefit from therapy and/or guidance from the tulpa. But if the disorder is under control, I'm not sure that someone diagnosed with ASPD or psychopathy would desire the emotional connections made by having empathy for those around him or her.
  3. Ritual helps. You want to train your brain to know that it's time to focus in a different way. I'd meditate, and in the same spot, if not the same time. Doing so after exercising should be the easiest time.
  4. Yeah, me too. And when I was about 20 I started to create one without knowing about tulpas. River and I haven't discussed whether he's from that era or whether he's new yet. Currently we're enjoying the process of solidifying his creation and working on what his mindvoice sounds like.
  5. I've heard of people "finding" other tulpas they created a ling time ago, before they knew about the process. If OP forgot, could that be the case here?
  6. Ok, I'm going to try music next time. With my bluetooth in, I shouldn't be disrupting my roommates during this process. I think that actually sitting up would do some good as I usually lay down to do this. A quick shower would likely help ad well, maybe even just getting up and doing something else for a couple of minutes to get blood flowing to my brain. Thanks guys!
  7. Your vocabulary is amazing. And you write better than many native speakers. The use of punctuation could use a bit of refining, and Duolingo doesn't work on that. I think you're fine, but if you really want to better yourself, try livemocha.com . It's far more extensive than Duolingo and has the ability for you to actually work with native-english speakers that want to learn your own native language, so you get the benefit of teaching and working with people rather than just typing in answers on a keyboard. Trust me, I did all of the Spanish lessons on Duolingo, you're waaaay too advanced for that program.
  8. Good lord, I wish you all the best. I've got my fair share of family members with questionable stability, but not to that extent. One had PTSD so bad he was permanently delusional, I have an aunt with bipolar disorder that believes she has reincarnated into an Englishwoman (that side is Italian), two uncles that have committed suicide and a cousin that attempted it (the Italian side seems to have a lot going on). I feel blessed to have been diagnosed with recurrent depression and the delusions I suffered from seem to have been temporary and have finally been absent for the first time in my adult life for the past three years. The most I get now is strange voices when I'm falling asleep, but they've always been benign. As for the wall of text, I received my BA in psychology about a year and a.half ago and would like to continue on with a PhD to eventually do research in the relationship of culture and symptoms of psychopathology in hopes of increasing the accuracy of diagnosis. Psychology has been a passion of mine since before I even began exhibiting symptoms of pathological dis-ease when I was 15.
  9. This is true, although I personally believe that it has more to do with our court system and the fact that Antisocial Personality Disorder is the most socially misunderstood disorder of them all. Not saying that it's easy to diagnose, it's absolutely a nightmare to diagnose since clients/patients/criminal suspects that are actually afflicted with ASPD are very unlikely to be forthright during the diagnosis process. True. They like to manipulate, and when they aren't successful, they have very little ability to tolerate the stress of not getting what they want and how they want it. True, although someone diagnosed with ASPD may gloat about their diagnosis if they think it will benefit them in some small way. Although they won't likely care what you think unless it's necessary for them to get what they want. All of this being said, while minors cannot be diagnosed with ASPD, they can be diagnosed with Conductive Disorder, which can be a precursor to ASPD. I would imagine that if a child is diagnosed as having CD, they are likely aware of its relation to ASPD as adults surrounding the child may try to get the child to be afraid of being diagnosed with something as taboo as having Antisocial Personality Disorder in order to turn their behavior around. Because CD isn't very well-known, and since its name does not illicit the same level of intrigue and fear as sociopathy or psychopathy does, a teen may use that term to better communicate with others regarding their situation ... or manipulate others, whatever the case may be. The terms sociopath was discarded by professional psychologists on the grounds that it really didn't accurately describe the disease from a lexicological standpoint. So for the past couple of releases of the DSM, they've switched the name of the disorder as they have tinkered with the diagnosing criteria to get it more in line with a) what works well for insurance companies; b) what works well with the pharmaceutical industry; and c) what is more in line with the latest research as the disorder is just so darn hard to figure out. From what I understand on the topic, the term psychopath was used up until about the 1930s, when it was discarded for sociopath, mainly because of the similarity between it and the terms "psychosis" and "psychopathology". Here's a bit of information I had to dig around for that is more current on the subject of psychopathy: There's a somewhat recent movement among research psychologists to specify psychopathy as its own sub-type of ASPD or even categorize it as its own disorder, but it's such a hot issue that (from what I understand) the latest DSM more or less added it in as a footnote to the diagnosing criteria of ASPD as a specifier. There's a lot of debate in the research community on how to better incorporate the current definition of psychopathy ["a lack of anxiety or fear" combined with "a bold interpersonal style that may mask maladaptive behaviors (e.g., fraudulence)" http://focus.psychiatryonline.org/data/Journals/FOCUS/926935/189.pdf, pg 195.]. While there are researchers out there that believe psychopathy is a disorder that cannot ever be diagnosed with any accuracy and thus shouldn't be in the diagnosing lexicon, the current trend is towards either greater specificity or as a separate disorder ... and from what I understand, research is currently corroborating that trend. Currently the DSM-5 has it as a specifier, but it doesn't seem to be part of the diagnosing criteria. This being said, the revised version of the Psychopathy Checklist is still in use, and there is a scale known as Psychopathic Deviate within the very commonly used Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. It's a term known to the psychological research community, but I'm not so certain its official enough that anyone can be coined a true "psychopath" and I wish the term would not be used at all since it's not technically a disorder. It's confusing issue from a research standpoint, and one that I can't really dive into without access to the proper academic journals ... god I miss school. I'm sorry if this wasn't well written, but my blood sugar is low and I wanted to do this at work while I had access to a full computer.
  10. What I wouldn't do for 277 pieces of pepperoni pizza ...
  11. Not that I'm saying it's a likely scenario for every single person claiming they have xyz disorder, but there are plenty of people (and I imagine this goes doubly for kids) that get misdiagnosed. I was once diagnosed as having schizoaffective disorder, but was really just depressed to the point of psychosis and had THC exiting my system and the two combined made me paranoid and scary delusional. Less than six months later, I was fine and got off the anti-psychotics. Noe I'm on the very lowest dosage of anti-depressants available and have been rediagnosed as having recurrent depression. Finally, in the case of things like schizophrenia, many doctors are beginning to consider them a degenerative disorder where things gradually deteriorate over time. This means schizophrenic A will have completely different levels of behavioral function than schizophrenic B. Of course, many posts here should be taken with a grain of salt. But I would personally hesitate before calling bullshit on anyone we don't know. If the poster is in fact correctly diagnosed, or even misdiagnosed without being aware, then we can do more harm than good by turning our backs to them or calling them out. That's just my two sense.
  12. I was attempting to connect with River last night when a voice starting talking and wouldn't stop. It was spouting gibberish, literally gibberish, and occasionally laughing. In all honesty, this isn't completely unusual for me for when I'm going to sleep. There's a marked difference though: usually it's more like a radio, with someone changing the frequencies rather fast so that I only catch a certain voice for a second and then something else will come up. My fix for this is usually to turn one of the voices into music, which usually works and then I drift to sleep. Last night, it was only one voive, and once I started playing music, I would attempt to reconnect with River. It didn't work, the music would turn back into the voice. It's as if trying to concentrate on River was too much combined with composing a song. At first River looked shocked, and then impatient as the voice would interrupt and drown him out. Eventually, he was just sad. This morning I couldn't hear River, nor could I feel him. It wasn't until this afternoon that we were able to touch base. He believes we'll get through it and I pretty much don't doubt him. He thought that we could work in wonderland when I wake up, after I hit snooze for the first time. I'm wondering if other people had gone through this successfully and if there's another strategy we haven't thought of.
  13. Thanks OCD, I've asked him and he seems eager to do this. I've also asked him to watch my thoughts for opinions and to form his own based only on knowledge. He's been endowed w a heavy dose of problem solving and logic, so maybe I should give him the benefit of the doubt when deciding which of my thoughts have any merit.
  14. Hmmmm ... I'm not so sure. My pets used to start acting weird when I was around them on a hallucinogen. I've seen my old cat look at objects that weren't there and my dog has sat in a corner and whined. And when I'm back to normal, they'd be back to normal, although my dog seemed cautiously optimistic or relieved. Could be different with tulpas, and, in the case of my dog, it could be that a hallucinogen made me smell really weird or something. And that cat was a Himalayan, so in my book was completely prone to being crazy.
  15. Not that I wish this on anyone, but I would be interested in seeing what would happen to a tulpa after a stroke. I mean, depending on what part of the brain the stroke occurs, some personality and behavioral changes can occur, making a person more prone to anger and frustration, or maybe joy and awe, etc. It would make sense that a tulpa would have a similar shift, but this would need to be verified before actually coming to that conclusion. I think all of us on this forum can agree that the human mind is way more powerful than any of us were raised to believe, and we may just be surprised by the results. A great non-tulpa story on this is of Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroscientist that lost a large portion of her brain that deals with logic and problem solving.