During this term in hospital, one of the coffee shop workers said to me over a smoke break together, I wish I was smart and talented like you. My response was referring to Dr Siegel's book on how he writes where an illness can have positive type effects on a person. I went on to explain to her how, while she was always working slinging coffees and everything, running her life out side of work, I was fighting the stigma of psychiatry trying to get some work and not working for long periods. I had the time to read quality literature and text books, watch news stories, and over all getting educated, to having the time to invest in myself developing my art and music skills where she could not for she was busy earning her keep.
The second referral to Dr Siegal's book I have made, was to a fellow patient when discussing his induced tremors by medication. I went through a lot of involuntary muscle contractions years back and tried to relate my experience in relation to the Doctor's words regarding psycho-sematic inducement of the tremors through stress of focusing on the already induced tremors. When the said fellow patient and I were out having a cigarette together relaxing, I could hold his attention with my flappity yapping mouth over my bitching of the day. I noticed that my smoke buddy was no longer focused on the induced tremors by taking his mind off them as he focused on me. The tremors of his did seem to mellow out a bit at these determined time intervals. It is just an interesting point relating an experience to what the Doctor wrote in his book.
Another point I would like to relate about the Doctor's writing is the placebo effect.Psychiatric medication is more of a placebo effect from my experience, it does not sort out your thought pattern that deems you delusional, but being followed by psychiatry an individual gets other forms of councel to art and music groups while receiving medical welfare benefits in Quebec and is following a treatment plan of some sort for one's personal mental health issues, to get them back into the work force at some point. As to the old phrase after one has had some sort of ordeal, people often said, "I need a drink". Does alcohol settle the nerves some what or is it a placebo effect. The same goes for smoking a joint of pot. Does one relax after smoking the joint or does one go through the placebo effect from going through the action of smoking a joint and relaxes to clearing the head.Same as to smoking a cigarette,it can have a calming soothing effect on the nerves to relax, is this a placebo effect of taking one's mind off certain issues for a bit to concentrate on smoking inducing calming effects or does the nicotine consumed act on the brain to calm it into relaxing.
Either way I respect what the Doctor writes in his book, it is giving me a lot to think about while reading it.