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Disorders And Perversions





Life would be a very simple proposition if the mental machinery always
worked right. But this is peculiarly subject to damage both from without
and from within. From without it may be damaged by the toxins of food,
as in the acute toxic psychoses; by the poison of drink, as in the
alcohol-produced psychoses, such as acute alcoholic hallucinosis; by
lack of muscular exercise, resulting in a deficient supply of oxygen to
burn up the accumulated toxins from energy-producing foods; by the
infections, which may result in the infection-exhaustion psychoses;
by wrong methods of education, and by surroundings which demand too
severe a mental strain in the struggle toward adjustment. These damages
from without we class roughly as environmental.

From within the mental workings may be injured by emotional dominance;
by bad habits of thinking and feeling and doing--often the result of
wrong methods of education; by defective heredity; by undeveloped will;
by the insanities. These danger sources from within we might classify as
self-produced and hereditary.

There may be disorders of any or every function of the intellect,
disorders of feeling, and perversions of will. Some of the most commonly
met we list below.


Disorders of the Functions of Intellect.

/ Hyperesthesia (exaggeration of sensation)
{ as found in neurasthenia, or in mania.
{ Anesthesia (absence of sensation)
{ as in the numbness of hysteria; in sensory
{ paralysis.
Disorders / Retardation
of < as in dementia and melancholia.
Sensation "Clouding" or dulness
{ as in simple depression.
{ Perversion
{ as in dementia and melancholia. Sweet may taste
sour; fresh food may smell decayed.


/ Hyperesthesia (exaggeration)
{ as in neurasthenia or mania.
{ Anesthesia
Disorders { as in hysteria or paralysis.
of { Retardation
Perception { as in dementia and melancholia.
/ "Clouding" or dulness
(being < as in simple depression.
dependent Illusion
on sensation { found in normal mind--easily corrected;
is always { found in many insanities.
disturbed { Hallucinations
with it). { frequently met in the infection-exhaustion psychoses,
{ in dementia, in paranoia, in acute
hallucinosis of alcoholism.


/ Hypochondriasis
{ found in many of the hypersuggestible, frequent
{ in the mild depressions and in all victims of
{ self-attention.
{ Retardation
{ found in most depressions.
{ Deficiency
{ as in idiocy--the inability to form new concepts.
{ Acceleration
{ as in hypo-mania.
{ Poverty
{ as in the abnormally self-centered;
{ as in melancholia.
{ Rambling ideas
{ as in chronic insanity.
{ Flight of ideas
{ as in manias, hysterias, and acute deliriums.
Disorders / Fixed ideas
of < as in paranoia.
Ideation Perversions (concepts change their meaning altogether)
{ as in dementia.
{ Ideogenous pains
{ as in hysteria.
{ Compulsive ideas
{ common in borderland states;
{ in psychasthenia, or hysteria.
{ Disorientation
{ { thing,
{ (wrong idea of { place, or
{ { person);
{ found in confused conditions;
{ in delirium from infections;
{ in insanities.
{ Confusion
{ as in the infection-exhaustion psychoses;
in insanities.


/ Absent-mindedness.
{ Amnesia (morbid forgetfulness).
{ { temporary,
Disorders / Aphasia { prolonged,
of < {permanent (see later explanation).
Memory Perversion
{ as fabrications, due to memory-confusion or
{ inaccuracy; also due to excessive ideation and
defective judgment.


/ / Somatic
{ { as in hypochondriasis.
{ { Persecutory
{ { as in paranoia.
{ { Unworthiness
{ { as in simple depression or
{ { melancholia.
{ Delusions { Grandeur
{ Systematized / as in mania or paranoia.
Disorders / Transient < Nihilistic
of < Fixed often found in melancholia.
Reason { Reference
{ { as in paranoia.
{ { Altered personality
{ { as in hysteria.
{ { Perverted personality
{ { (patient may believe he is a dog);
{ as in dementia.
{ Emotional thinking.
{ Shut-in personality
{ as seen in the deficient social capacity of potential
dementia praecox.


/ Defective judgment
{ in all insanities;
{ in hysteria.
{ Ex.: Patient who accepts mental suggestion
{ of disability as reality.
{ Perverted judgment
Disorders / in severe dementias--as influenced by unreasonable
of < fear, hatred, etc.;
Judgment in all acute insanities--as manifested in inability
{ of patient to rid himself of his delusions.
{ Absence of judgment
{ in all acute insanities;
{ in later dementias.
{ Limitations
in many so-called normal and in all the abnormal.


/ Suggestibility
{ in hysteria.
{ Excitement
{ in mania.
{ Depression
{ in melancholia.
Disorders / Phobias
of < as found in psychasthenia.
Emotion Deficiency
{ as in the apathy of depression.
{ Perversion
{ in mania, in depression, in catatonia.
{ Deterioration
{ in dementia.
{ Sense of unreality
found in all borderland cases.


/ Wilfulness
{ in many "normal." Very common in hypomania.
{ Willessness (aboulia or paralysis of will)
{ often found in psychasthenia; and in depressive
{ states.
{ Morbid inhibition
{ as in depressive states.
{ Indecision
{ as in psychasthenia;
{ as in simple depression.
{ Obsessions
{ found pre-eminently in psychasthenia.
{ Tics
Disorders / in many borderland cases;
of < in the hypersensitive as often the only expression
Will of any neuropathic tendency.
{ Distractibility
{ as in hypomania and frequently in hysteria.
{ Negativism
{ as in catatonia.
{ Mutism
{ as in catatonia.
{ Compulsive acts
{ as in psychasthenia, hysteria, etc.
{ Psychomotor overactivity (volition unable to check)
{ as in mania.
{ Psychomotor retardation (volition unable to energize)
as in depression.


From this limited survey of the mind's disorders we realize that every
departure from the normal mental attitude tends to associate itself with
one of the following five states of mental disability.

Depression,
Exaltation,
Perversion,
Enfeeblement,
Deficiency.





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