What is a Psychophysiological Malfunction?
. . . that is not caused by organic disease, involving symptoms of stress (depression, anxiety, obsessive behavior, hypochondria) but not a radical loss of touch with reality (psychosis).” Let us examine that definition more closely. First, the word relatively means in comparison to something else. A mild mental illness compared to what? The bubonic plague? Second, who determines that it is a mild mental illness? Certainly, not those impacted by it.
If our Malfunction impacts our emotional wellbeing and quality of life, then it is serious, and congress defines serious mental illness as a “functional impairment which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.” (And if anyone knows more about serious mental illness, it is the U. S. Congress.) The two mental illnesses called psychosis are borderline personality disorder and forms of schizophrenia. Everything else is a psychophysiological Malfunction.
We all have Malfunctions. They come in different intensities and affect each of us individually. There are at least nine clinical types of depression, five major forms of anxiety, and four types of obsessive-compulsive disorder; their impacts can be mild, moderate, or severe. Some people adapt quite nicely and get on with their lives. Others incorporate it into their personalities―the irascible boss, clinging partner, temperamental neighbor.
This Website is designed for those of us whose lives are negatively impacted by a PP Malfunction.
A Malfunction is psychophysiological because it embraces the totality of our being―(psycho) mind, (physio) body, spirit, and emotions. Here is how it works. As we will confirm later, our PP Malfunction generally onsets or infects us during adolescence. Why? During our childhood or adolescence, we were subjected to some sort of exploitation. This exploitation can be physical, sexual, or emotional.
It can be intentional, accidental, or perceptual. It can be hereditary (rare), the result of trauma, or environmental. Environmental can refer to our school, our upbringing, your peers―anything that negatively affected us, intentional or not, factual, or perceived.
The cumulative evidence that childhood and adolescent exploitation is the primary causal factor in lifetime emotional instability has been well-established. Anything that interferes with our natural human development is detrimental to adolescent and adult emotional health. In any case, it is not our fault; it may not be anyone’s fault. It just happened.
This exploitation interferes with the optimal physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child. Most importantly, it affects our self-esteem, which administrates all our positive self-qualities (self-respect, -reliance, -compassion, -worth, and so on). These are the intangible qualities that make up our character, our goodness, our spirit. Our emotions are reactive to―and, in turn, impact―our body, mind, and spirit. They all work together in concert. If one is affected, all are affected.
Again, it is crucial to recognize, we are not responsible for our Malfunction. Quite possibly, no one is at fault. Playing the blame game only distracts from the solution: What are we going to do about it?