Mindfulness N2: Mental sickness and Basic Care

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The first step in addressing mental sickness is to go ahead as in Mindfulness N3: Physical sickness and Basic Care. A person who is mentally sick is terribly confused. He is unable to process the input from his physical senses. So he no longer has the stabilizing support of the physical reality. The problem is with the electrical system of the body, which then leads to mental instability. If the mental instability is acute then one must administer psychotropic drugs to bring it under control.

Mental sickness arises when the person loses touch with the physical reality.

The priority is to restore the person’s mental contact with the physical universe. We help him exercise his physical senses while also repairing the underlying body chemistry. We start with the sense of touch because this is the most intimate contact. We help the person go around touching things to get the feel of the physical universe. We do this daily until the person has started to recognize things around him.

We then exercise his senses of seeing and hearing. These two senses complement each other. Seeing is very precise but one cannot see around the corners. Hearing is not so precise but one can hear the sound from a source around the corner. So we help the person go around and look at near and distant objects. We then ask him to hear different sounds and spot where a sound is coming from.

We exercise the senses of touch, seeing and hearing to restore the person’s contact with the physical universe.

When the physical senses are not working properly, the person cannot also see what is in his mind. So he cannot resolve his mental difficulties. This is  limitation of the psychoanalytic approach. Psychoanalysis has never been able to help a person improve his ability to see and resolve problems. It ends up telling the person what to think about his mental condition.

Not until a person’s mental contact with the physical reality is fully restored, can psychoanalysis, or any other mental therapy, produce lasting results.

Essay on “spiritual sickness” takes up advanced difficulties with the mind. Basic exercises to address “spiritual sickness” are covered in Scientology versus KHTK (Part 3) – The Basic Approach.

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MINDFULNESS N2: Mental Sickness and Basic Care

  1. Implement all steps of Mindfulness N3: Physical sickness and Basic Care.

  2. Get the person medically examined by a qualified doctor who can diagnose and treat the mental part of the sickness.

  3. Administer necessary psychotropic drug to bring acute mental instability under control.

  4. Help the person go around and touch things in his environment. Do this daily until he starts to recognize those objects consistently without stress.

  5. Help the person go around and look at near and distant objects in his environment. Do this until he starts to recognize those objects consistently without stress.

  6. Have the person listen to the sounds in his environment, and help him find the source of those sounds. Do this until he starts to recognize the source consistently without stress. NOTE: You may produce the sound for this exercise.

  7. We have resolved the basic mental sickness when the person is in good mental contact with the physical reality and no longer needs the support from drugs.

  8. Proceed with the instructions for “spiritual sickness” to resolve other difficulties with the mind (see the summary above).

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Comments

  • David Cooke  On September 17, 2015 at 1:53 AM

    “Mental sickness arises when the person loses touch with the physical reality”. Yes! A mentally sick person is partially or completely out of touch with their present time environment; so the procedures you describe, or even the CCHs, enable them to find that environment again. We’ve known that processing past incidents in the mind won’t help a person unless that have a firm contact with present time.

    • vinaire  On September 17, 2015 at 5:31 AM

      Yes. Hubbard had many good observations. They need to be put in a proper perspective.

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