Do Crazy People Know They Are Crazy
Do Crazy People Know They Are Crazy
I was thinking of questions I have heard about mental health and the one that jumped to mind was “Do Crazy People Know They Are Crazy?”. Now of course to answer this question you really need to define what the person means about crazy. Most people hear the word crazy and they picture a raving lunatic who is running around with a sharp knife stabbing people and yelling at the moon, thanks Hollywood. The reality is that crazy is more of a word used to describe insanity which again is not easy to define. Lets take a closer look at the question “Do Crazy People Know They Are Crazy?”
Moments Of Insanity
There were moments of my life where I was the picture perfect definition of insanity but thankfully they did not last long and this is pretty normal for most people who are dealing with mental health issues. Whether it is a manic episode that drives you into overdrive and causes you to do things you would not normally do or in other words a break from character.
Of course people who think of the term crazy also have psychosis in mind. Psychosis is a scary situation for everyone involved Whether the person is seeing or hearing things that are not there or thoughts that are so horrific it affects everyone around them. I thought I was being chased by the grim reaper and proceed to hide under my blankets for hours so he could not find me, I was in my early thirties at the time.
I was living with Borderline Personality Disorder for three decades before I was diagnosed. Now the original definition of BPD was the person was walking the line of sanity and insanity, it has changed over the years. With Borderline Personality Disorder you develop a false self in order to basically survive the world that you are in and eventually it takes over your life. By living a role for thirty years does that make me insane? During the years I held full time jobs, graduated from college, had lengthy relationships and appeared to be normal in all aspects of my life. When I was diagnosed and realized that I have been living as a role and not my true self it felt pretty darn crazy.
Self harm is a tricky one when it comes to whether or not a person is insane or crazy. The person purposely causes harm to oneself for a variety of reasons though the main two tend to be control and release. I can argue with someone regarding self harm that it is no different than the person who turns to alcohol or drugs to relax themselves. So is self harm an act of insanity?
Moments Of Clarity
Moments of clarity are tricky when you are dealing with insanity or craziness as you finally emerge from this dark cloud and then realize what you did before the breakthrough. Sometimes it is like coming out of an alcohol blackout where you do not remember what you did and when friends and family tell you it leaves you a bit stunned. Other times you remember what happened and you try to rationalize without much luck. Does this answer the question “Do Crazy People Know They Are Crazy?” for moments of clarity can show the person periods of insanity they have experienced?
Crazy Versus Normal Long Term
So there are definitely periods of what one could call insane episodes but what about long term? I wil give you an example
- The person experiences what he refers to daymares or nightmares while he is awake. Certain objects or thoughts will bring him back to the worst experiences of his life which causes him to relive the event
- The person has constant negative thoughts and voices in his head telling him to kill himself. The voice is never ending and plagues the person while he is awake
- The person is on constant high guard searching all environments for threats or perceived threats. If the person feels unsafe he will do whatever he can to leave that environment
- The person overreacts to the smallest slight. If the confrontation challenges the image that he has created he will react in an aggressive manner in order to protect his false image. Categorized by a series of unsuccessful relationships that ended abruptly due to perceived slights
So would that person be classified as insane or crazy? I have experienced the above four situations for years at a time to the point it seemed normal to me. Lord knows how long I experienced suicidal idealization, hyper vigilance, severe anxiety and BPD before I was finally diagnosed and medicated.
Do Crazy People Know They Are Crazy?
The answer to the question Do Crazy People Know They Are Crazy is yes for the most part but only after the insanity has passed. The scariest element of insanity is at the time it feels completely normal to the person dealing with it. Stupid thoughts make sense at the time and all suggestions seem reasonable. Hiding under my blankets hiding from the grim reaper seemed like the logical thing to do however after it passed it seemed completely insane