Stress as it Relates to Schizophrenia


Excerpts from A Life Worth Living – Schizophrenia Alternative Treatment: Part 2 – Looking for Answers

Chapter 7     Stress as It Relates to Schizophrenia

The knowledge that stress brings on the symptoms of schizophrenia and also is behind the first psychotic episode of schizophrenia is simple information but not widely known.

It is very likely that stress affects all areas of the brain but particularly the prefrontal and temporal regions: the same dysfunctional neural regions involved in schizophrenia. The fact that this link is not so often explored by many authors of popular theories about schizophrenia reminds me of the old metaphor that says, “It’s difficult for the fish to see the water around them.” Psychiatrists don’t seem to understand this simple relationship between stress and the progression of the disease and don’t advise their patients accordingly.

People with schizophrenia cannot overcome deep tension. For example, recovery of self-esteem can be long term, adding to their social isolation, sense of alienation, and social defeat. These aspects contribute to the spiral to more stress and anxiety and a deep sense of helplessness.

If I had known this when my son first showed signs of schizophrenia, I would have directed all of my efforts to remove the stress in his life. My son didn’t need to go to a major university, he could have returned to the junior college near his home, which is what he wanted to do once he left the university. Instead of encouraging him to do that and supporting him and his defeated self-esteem, I told him it didn’t make sense for him to return to junior college since he had already graduated with honors. This was logical thinking and totally disconnected from my son’s condition. After that, he isolated himself and told us lies about the education he was pursuing. He felt like he had failed us as well as himself.

Early in Marco’s illness, Dr. Mackliff recommended that Marco not attend the university for a year and have the BEAM surgery as soon as possible. He said that studying uses the glucose in the brain, and this imbalance increases the production of adrenaline, thereby increasing stress in his body. This idea seemed too drastic to us at the time, and we had no one to turn to. His psychiatrist flippantly said, “Perhaps, he’ll do fine,” when Marco wanted to start at university. He completed one quarter with straight A’s at a prestigious university, freaked out his roommate and left the university. It was then that he began planning his suicide which he executed two months later.

Stress is a permanent condition in the person with schizophrenia. There is too much adrenaline in the body, and this produces stress.

4 thoughts on “Stress as it Relates to Schizophrenia

  1. Please continue , I am enjoying reading about your case. I just wish I had more support from the doctors here in Ecuador. We had the opperation done at least two and a half months ago , not seeing any positive changes. Do you , or have you spoken to anyone personally who has had this surgery done on them ? I know that all cases are different in the saverity. Dr. Mckliff told us that in Gorjes case it will take the maximum time (1 to 1 1/2)year to see results. The next step is to get Gorje into intence psycotherapy. I have spoken to Gorjes real father(who was opposed to any such surgery and had never evan investigated any such) and told him that now it is his turn to help his son. So far the plan is , in less than a year his older son (brother to Gorje) will graduate from collage and help his father take care of Gorje. The next step is PSYCOTHERAPY . I need to know if this is going to work, or if i’ve waisted $10,000 of my inheratence . I need to talk to someone who has had this procedure . Do you know of anyone, and again , have YOU personally spoken to anyone who has had this surgery ? Regards Mike


    1. Dear Michael,

      I am going to Ecuador to observe a patient before and after surgery, and I will respond back to you when I return. I appreciate your concern, and I hope to address the followup on patients after they leave Guayaquil and their lives afterwards. What factors afterwards contribute to their success from the surgery? I hope to gain a broader vision on the BEAM treatment and its long term results.

      I wish you the best.

      Suzanne Patterson


  2. George is a patient with a mental retardation disorder accompanied by psychotic disorders of the schizophrenic type. This means that the intervention should be done in the hope of eliminating psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and suicidal thoughts. This response will be delayed because the patient never learned normal behavior in view of the fact that his mental activity has not allowed him Never get a future vision in your life.
    This is not a typical schizophrenia but rather undifferentiated but we decided to operate it for the reasons we have exposed.

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