Am I Crazy?

Posted on April 7, 2011

“Am I crazy?” Maybe you are and maybe you aren’t.  As a counselor, I don’t really know if you are crazy because it is not a usable diagnosis.  This question is often asked by clients who are experiencing problems and/or symptoms that are overwhelming.  “Crazy” is the best word that describes their experience.

“CRAZY” IS NOT A DIAGNOSIS

Crazy is how we feel when life is out of control. The circumstances causing our symptoms might be of our own making.  Or, it could be a response to the actions of others around us.  Physiological and biological factors often create symptoms that frighten us.   Our anxiety level increases when we feel like our situation is unmanageable.

Crazy is how we feel when we don’t know what to do. Every day, troublesome things just happen.  If it has happened before, and we were able to work it out, we usually try what we know works.  If it didn’t work, we might try doing the same thing anyway, but we expect different results (I have heard that this is actually the definition of “crazy”).

Crazy is how we feel when we are anxious. Panic attacks create feelings of craziness and are the body’s response to danger, whether it is real or perceived.  Some anxiety is situational, such as facing a big test or a court date.  Other anxiety experiences are more pervasive. Many people experience symptoms that can be diagnosed such as Anxiety Disorders such as Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

There is no entry for “crazy” in either the Table of Contents or the Index of my DSM-IV-TR (This is a great big 943 page book that we use in the counseling and psychiatry fields to help sort out and categorize behaviors). You might feel “crazy” but won’t be diagnosed as “crazy.”

It is helpful to gain understanding and apply effective problem solving skills to a dilemma.  As counselors, we are available to help you sort things out.  What is going on, what causes it, how do I feel about it, and what have I done about it so far?  With this information, we can help you formulate a plan concerning what to do about it.  With new information and insight, and goals to work on, you will be well on your way to resolving issues and reducing those “crazy” feelings.

Written by: Cheryl Vance, LMFTA

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