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July 17, 2013
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ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?

How sane are you really? Ask yourself that. I do it all the while. Yes friends, I ask myself that and other equally deep, disturbing, and provocative questions quite a lot. And depending on the mood I'm in, myself tells me different things at different times. And most times, we argue about it because I don't take stupid chat - not even from me!

Yeah, I have intense and contentious conversations with myself, and I'll readily admit that I and myself have long concluded that simply put, mi not so righted! But guess what, I know I'm not alone. Is plenty, plenty mad people deh a Jamaica!

Hey, unnu ever really stop long enough to penetrate how much madness happening all around us? And I'm not referring to the antics of the large and ever-growing population of obviously fully insane people walking naked, feeding on garbage, and living on the streets. Mad people own the streets of our cities. They will probably soon outnumber us, but their madness is out there and obvious, so they are not my current focus.

I'm talking about the majority of mild to extremely insane people who usually look quite calm, conscious, and mentally balanced but are really crazy people undercover. Who to tell, you may even be one of them.

Look here nuh, I once read somewhere that one in every five persons has some form of mental impairment, so check your four closest friends. If they seem OK, then you know for sure who the crazy one is.

I did a casual check around my office and I was surprised at how many of the folks around me are 'closet crazy.' There's one young miss who budgets a minimum of five hours each day just to watch the Lifetime channel. And she genuinely believes that lizards are trying to strangle her.

Then there's the other young lady who has some gaps in her eyelashes due to the fact that she compulsively plucks the lashes - because she likes the 'pleasant pain'. If that's not madness, then I'm a reverend!

Then there's me, a grandpa who's still biting his fingernails. The experts say that's definitely OCD. And that don't mean 'officially charming and delightful', it stands for obsessive compulsive disorder!

In a September 2, 2010, article in The Gleaner entitled 'Jamaican Madness', Dr Fredrick Hickling said "Present day Jamaica can be likened unto a traditional lunatic asylum." And he's an expert on madness. According to Dr Hickling: "The outrageously high murder rate, hypercriminiality, enforced idleness, low productivity, and increasing poverty are only some of the features of the madness rampant in this society."

He went on to say that "with prevalence rates in this society of psychosis at nearly five per cent, anxiety and depression at nearly 20 per cent, and personality disorder over 30 per cent, means that every other person in Jamaica today suffers from some form of mental illness." So are you one? Or are you the other?

Yeah man, I think I'm surrounded by crazy people. And the craziest part is one of the craziest people I know may be me.

box-mi-back@hotmal.com

I once read somewhere that one in every five persons has some form of mental impairment, so check your four closest friends. If they seem OK, then you know for sure who the crazy one is.

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