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PostSubject: Reality is more frightening than fiction   Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:39 pm

Not written by me obviously, but here is a story of a guy who worked with mentally unstable kids

The worst thing I've actually encountered in terms of creepy was a little developing sociopath. He had history (fire, animals, sex) and was apparently high in CU traits. He was about 11 when I first met him, so no one was going to call him ASPD or anything, but that's what he looked like he was growing into.
Anyway, the kid is incredibly funny, smart, and charming. No one can believe what his previous school and doctors were saying about him. I was new there, so I was taken in as well. Then, one day he gets in trouble for stealing, and we had the proof on camera, but he didn't know that. I'm sitting in as a witness/security while he's going through this whole series of emotions: surprise, indignation, fear, anger, etc as he pretends he has no idea why he's being accused. Then we show the tape and he just stops dead, blank expression, and says something to the effect of, "So what, you were just wasting my fucking time?"
It was another voice, a completely different personality coming out of this kid like you flipped a switch. I've seen some shit, but that moment was creepy as hell.

It was basically things like this for the years that I worked there. He was generally a really well behaved kid compared to the impulse control and conduct disorder students we usually see. He grew into a master manipulator, and I personally believed that he amused himself by driving his peers to act out while he stringently followed the rules.
There was a period when a few guys like a girl in class, and this kid (I'll call him R, because that's not the first letter of his first name) who had no apparent interest in the girl before, suddenly liked her, wooed her, won her, had sex with her, and dumped her in favor of her friend. As you can imagine, this caused some anger. He then spent the next few weeks being really nice to the people who were threatening and attempting to beat his ass. Things like, "Hey, let me sharpen that pencil for you!" Really out of character stuff, which infuriated people, because it was obviously fake. At the same time we were being told by students that he'd whisper things to kids in the hall like, "I wasn't even her first."
Anyway, these kids would occasionally attempt to assault "R", but security was always around school, so "R" would just goad these kids on and crack up laughing as the aggressor was being escorted from class. Of course, some teachers would address his behaviour with him, asking him to stop instigating events, and his response would be along the lines of, "What rule did I break?" And, of course he'd be right. He got very good at technically following the rules when people were watching, doing whatever he wanted when people weren't watching, lying whenever he felt like it, and basically getting away with a lot of antisocial behaviour without consequence.
There were times when he'd lose his shit, of course. No one can wear a mask all of the time, but I guess that knowing what was lurking under that mask took some of the shock away after that first time.
A second hand story I heard during a treatment team meeting: At some point he had been caught saying something inappropriate, and another kid told on him. "R" was directed to report to the resource specialists (basically in-school detention). The teacher told him to go. He sat in his desk staring straight ahead and told her in a very flat voice that he didn't say what he was accused of saying. The teacher responded that he'll have a chance to explain that to resource. Still staring straight ahead, he told her he knew what her car looked like. He knew she had a kid around his age. He could look up her license plate number to get her address. He could take his father's gun (we all knew he had stolen his father's gun before, luckily it had a lock on it), go to her house, knock on the door and shoot everyone.
You see, he thought he could make a case for himself because he was speaking hypothetically. He never actually said he would do any of those things, just that it was possible. We had security escort him to resource where he waited until the police picked him up. We also then had to park in another lot so the students couldn't watch our cars pull in if their parents brought them early and they were waiting on campus.
The kid was fascinating.


BYD again- I started reading deeper and came across this video. This research team put together a video of what they think auditory hallucinations sound like, in short terrifying. I listened to this in the middle of the day and thought it was pretty scary because I feel like when I'm really sick I'll have nightmares and these resemble some of the things you'll dream about. When you feel really ill your mind does kinda of take a hit as well, and some nights are rough with the nightmares and not being able to think straight. Will post more on this topic if this is well received


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PostSubject: Re: Reality is more frightening than fiction   Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:23 pm

good finds man. the auditory hallucinations video is excellent.
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PostSubject: Re: Reality is more frightening than fiction   Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:28 am

A few more stories, story one:

Schizophrenia, because of one of my friends too. She's freaked me out twice with it and twice only.
1) she said she wanted to be with me (she was apparently ass over tits) and I said I couldn't be in a relationship at the time. She took it as I would never love her even as a friend so she detached herself from me completely. When I finally got her to talk to me she had quit taking her meds but I walk in the room and there she is talking to air, having a full blown conversation with nothing. When I asked her who she was talking to she said "what are you talking about, I'm talking to him. pointing to air" after she told me she was talking to a gentleman I informed her nobody was there. She currently remembers none of the conversation except that there was somebody in her room.
2) she was talking to voices in her head, unbeknownst to me, and I called her. The voices were saying stuff like I'm conspiring against her and she believed every word they "said". So while I tried to talk sense into her they said they'd kill her if she went for help at the doctors and the main reason she needed help was because they wanted her to kill herself. When I realized using logic wasn't working I played along. I told her the voices were right and that I "knew" everything, she was taken back, but I also explained that the voices are evil and want her to hurt herself. When she asked why they wanted her to hurt herself I said its because we're from the future and she does great things and they want to stop her. I kept it up until I convinced her that the voices were evil and the doctors would help her beat the evil voices.


Story 2

Oh i know i know! Now, nobody's been diagnosed with this in 40-odd years or so, but it's still taught in most undergrad courses because it's a really good example of a culture-specific disorder.
It's called Windigo psychosis (or Wendigo, Wiitiko, or Wintiko) and here's how it goes down:
You're a young male in an Algonquin tribe. It's been a long, cold winter, and your whole tribe is starving. You and your hunting partner have been out hunting for moose or deer or even a bear if you have to, but you've totally struck out. You're starving. He's starving. And you've seen the way he's starting to look at you over the fire at night. So you do what you have to do before he does. You kill him and eat him. You know what happens when you eat another man, but you're staving and it's cannibalize or die. So you eat him. And the windigo comes and possesses you, because the windigo possesses everyone who eats someone else. And now that the windigo has possessed you, you're hungrier than you were. Hungrier than you've ever been before. But the only thing you're hungry for is more people. So you back to your tribe and one of two things happen:
You tell someone, and they attempt to cure you by having you eat melted bear fat until you vomit the heart of ice you now have because you are a windigo demon (35% of reported cases were cured by this method)
You don't tell anyone, got back to your tribe, and attempt to kill and eat a family member. You will eventually be stopped and killed during your murder/cannibalism rampage and your remaining family members will burn your body and scatter the ashes to prevent the windigo from possessing them too (the other 65% of reported cases).

Story 3

Not a professional, but a friend of mine is suffering the Capgras delusion. We moved apart several years ago and hadn't been in touch very well. I knew she had gone through some stressful times. I had a couple of phone calls with her where she was worried that her computer had been hacked, but she seemed reasonable.
Then one day she called me and told me that her husband had been replaced with an imposter. She wanted me to fly to visit her so I could see him with my own eyes and confirm for her that it wasn't really him. Talking to her is simultaneously fascinating, unnerving, and heart-breaking.
The worst part is, while she is clearly not correct in her beliefs, she is quite consistent in them and they are utterly real in her mind. Imagine how fucking terrified you would be all the time if you were certain that the most important person in your life was a stranger with mysterious nefarious motivations? Imagine going to bed every night next to someone you thought was out to get you. Imagine spending all day desperately trying to find your husband because he must be out there somewhere, right?

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PostSubject: Re: Reality is more frightening than fiction   Thu May 23, 2013 11:36 pm

I just remembered Taxer telling me a story about how he experienced auditory hallucinations. I wonder if we could get a story out of him or if these sounds have any similarity to what he heard

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