LOL Deborah Foster I appreciate your patience. Truly. When I really want to solidly understand something, I ask a lot of questions. Most things, I’m pretty okay with just getting the gist but mental health/addiction and recovery/trauma/abuse stuff is so varied and intricate and complicated I keep trying to get a solid hold on my understanding and I keep having to update it to fit the DSM; this is a good thing, because we’re learning more about our brains every day. But, it’s also kind of discombobulating, because (and I’m about 15 credits shy of my MS in Psychology…but I have no desire to do anything in the field, and I haven’t been in school for 15 years) I learned what was being taught in the 90s and 00s and it’s like, okay…our brains haven’t changed, so it’s our theories that are changing. And they will change again, and again. I can’t keep up!!! :)

Anyway, let me try and anchor this stuff to something already on board in my brain. Schizophrenia…strong genetic component; often the first episode is brought on by a precipitating event, or a big change…moving across the country to start college; break-up with first love; death of a loved one; childbirth. Right?

Is that what you mean?

So doesn’t that mean that the person already has the genetic portion in play, all time-bomb like, and he’s just not yet symptomatic? And maybe, if nothing too jarring occurs, he never will be. But does that mean he doesn’t have schizophrenia, or just that he’s not been diagnosed because nothing has triggered the bomb?

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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