I have a psychic friend whose sister was under an enormous amount of stress. Because of the stress, she developed what is called a psychotic break. To an outsider who is not psychic, it looked like she was talking to thin air.
To my friend, who is both a psychic and medium, he could perceive the spirits she was speaking to and the conversation she was having made sense. So is she psychic or mentally ill? Is there a connection between psychic abilities and mental illness?
Yesterday I received a call from a man who was concerned about his wife. He wanted to know whether she was perceiving spirits psychically or if there was a spirit attachment to her. He told me that she had become so fearful of the spirits that her personality had changed and she refused to say what they were saying to her.
I have another spiritual friend who described to me the ups and downs of his emotions. I didn’t realize that he struggled with schizophrenia and was on medication. Unfortunately, he decided to go off of his medication. He started to get “psychic” messages that were quite disjointed and not attached to reality. He claimed he saw spirits that told him certain things which did not match with what was really going on around him. So in some cases, mental illness may be connected to psychic abilities, but the information received may not be for the highest good.
Some people in the spiritual community believe that for some reason there is a tear or a rip in the aura that allows entities or spirits to influence people who are mentally ill. They are really accessing something that is out of our earthly realm. These spirits interfere with their emotions and thought processes. This psychic opening can be related to mental illness, and it can cause those around the person to wonder – psychic ability or mentally ill?
Sometimes this may happen because of great stress in their lives. For example, the death of a loved one, a relationship break up, or other stressors. Inevitably, it’s accompanied by changes in brain chemistry – whether long term or temporary.
The key is that they do not have the proper coping tools or constitution to handle the stress and it results in dysfunctional thinking patterns and behaviours. They may or may not really be seeing or hearing spirits.
Being psychic does not mean that you become crazy. It’s important to realize that there are many spiritual and psychic people who are very grounded and sane. The point is that rather than jumping to a conclusion that there is a spirit interfering and going to many different psychics to try to remove it (or them), it’s better to seek professional help first.
Some prescribed drugs may block the perception of spirits so the person can lead a normal life. It may give people time to heal, as in the case of my friend’s sister. It may be needed for life, as in the case of my friend with schizophrenia.
So what happened to these people? My friend’s sister, was temporarily placed on medication, got some help and she came out of her psychotic break. She stopped seeing and hearing spirits. This was a good thing, as she was making poor choices because of it.
The call I received from the man was a little bit different. I suggested that he first consider ruling out any sort of mental health problem before resorting to contacting psychics. My concern was twofold — that she get the help that is both appropriate and effective for her, and that he avoid getting potentially scammed by psychics who would take advantage of this situation.
My friend who is schizophrenic must have hit bottom because the last I heard he is back on medication. It’s the only way, as far as I know, that he is able to function.
Perhaps one day science and spirituality will come up with a common understanding of mentally ill people so that we can work together. Until then, we must consider what is best for each person and not rule out there being a mental disturbance and/or energetic influence.