Listening for the Light: A New Perspective on Integration Disorder in Dyslexic Syndrome, Schizophrenia, Bipolarity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Substance Abuse
Introduction (pp. 12-13)
Integration Disorder [including Bipolarity]
Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 present a new perspective on all of the principal mental health problems experienced not only by Daniel, but by some other members of the family. The final stage of my learning proceeded relatively swiftly under the intense pressure of Daniel’s last episode of psychosis when the observations I had made earlier came into focus as the pieces of an intellectual puzzle that, with some research, fell into place. That perspective has implications for all of us because the fundamental neurological relationships, between what enters the ears and how the two cerebral hemispheres respond, define a universal spectrum of brain function.
I have had the peculiar advantages of not being steeped in the expertise of neurology or of medicine, but of having particular expertise in the critical analysis of language and training in objectivity (which involves self-knowledge) so that I could observe—watch and listen—“outside of the box” and keep records. Indeed, I had been doing so for more than a decade in particular reference to Daniel and for a lifetime more fortuitously. Hence, Chapter 13 is somewhat technical both in terms of language analysis and of neurology. Chapter 14, also, brings a close analysis of language in psychosis to psychology and the microcosmic social setting, the family. Research studies that inform or support aspects of my observations and my critiques and commentary have been referred to primarily in the Notes in order to maintain the narrative flow of Daniel’s story.
As my husband and I had to learn how to let go of prejudices and erroneous information as we travelled towards new ways of understanding Daniel’s disabilities and addictions, those who work within strict protocols for dealing with such disabled and mentally ill persons, such as social workers, nurses, and doctors, may need to take a step back from the assumptions and misconceptions built into their protocols in order to assess fairly the paradigm introduced here. Daniel’s story also is for those who treat and medicate children, young people, and adults suffering from the range of neurological maladies that they may not realize could be related to ear function.
The widely differing philosophical platforms from which individual psychiatrists operate ensure bias in the way different cohorts of patients are treated. Bias issues, such as researchers’ personal investment in their careers and the pharmaceutical industry’s vast financial commitments along particular lines of research, can continue to influence the thinking of practitioners and their protocols for their patients. I crave the patience of those in positions of absolute power over their patients to listen to one story that may have enormous implications for their understanding differently the function of the brains of the spectrum of mental patients under their care and for considering revision in their modes of treatment.
The studies of schizophrenic individuals frequently are confounded by the drug treatments to which they are subjected amid confusion and disagreement about the causes of the range of mental problems subsumed under the term “schizophrenic.” For reasons of their frequently extreme physical symptoms and their anguish—and the consequent distress in their loved ones and communities—most schizophrenics today are heavily drugged and encouraged very strongly to remain on these high dosages of medication. This procedure may be equivalent to telling a right-handed person who has broken the left arm that henceforth both arms must be kept permanently in casts and slings.
You can read about this new paradigm based on the neurological relationship between the ear and the brain in Listening for the Light, Hemispheric Integration and the Ears, Your Child’s Ears and Behaviour, and Ear Function in SSRI Withdrawal at http://www.northernlightbooks.ca