The difference between psychological problems and psychological disorders

Pathological conditions related with psychology can be categorized into psychological problems and psychological disorders based on the Theory of Mimind. The Theory of Mimind attempts to explain the operational mechanism of human mind and psychology and provide treatment methods based on the theoretical analysis. It postulates that different treatment methods must be adopted for different levels of pathological conditions of psychology and applying a unified method to treat different levels results in aggravation rather than cure. 

One of the basic hypotheses of the Theory of Mimind is that human psychology consists of three components : the psychology of perception that takes in external information into mind through sensory organs, the psychology of memory of emotion that stores information that flows in and retrieves when necessary, and the psychology of expression that expresses the result of the operation of mind through thoughts, speech, actions, and facial expressions.

Firstly, psychological problems develop when problems occur in one or more of the three components of psychology. You are considered to have developed psychological problems when you feel a little too down or a little too up compared with the baseline. Yes, feeling good can be a psychological problem, too. 

In phase 1 of psychological problems, you can easily come back to the baseline by simple diversions. In phase 2 of psychological problems, it takes more than simple diversions to restore stabilized psychology. You may have to make conscious efforts such as reading, listening to lectures, and finding relevant information to recover. In phase 3 of psychological problems, you may need professional guidance such as counseling or coaching to recover. This phase is considered to be one that can benefit the most through psychology counseling. You are considered to have the ability to self-recover when you have psychological problems, but when you do not recover from psychological problems, your condition may progress into psychological disorders. 

Secondly, when psychological disorders develop, you cannot recover by your own conscious effort or by taking counseling or coaching. It is considered that your psychology has lost the ability of self-recovery. In  phase 1 of psychological disorders, a psychological disorder has developed in one of the three psychological components. Perception disorder includes panic disorder and anxiety disorder, the disorder of memory of emotion includes depression, and expression disorder includes addiction and consciousness disorder. Addiction is referred to as outward expression disorder, where distorted expressions are manifested as speech, actions, and facial expressions. Consciousness disorder is referred to as inward expression disorder, where distorted expressions are manifested as thoughts. 

In phase 1 of psychological disorders, two components of psychology are still considered to have the ability of self-recovery, but one is not. When you have psychological problems, activating psychological components other than the component that has developed problems can restore the balance of psychology as a whole. However, in case of psychological disorders, activating other psychological components to normalize the problematic component will lead to the development of a psychological disorder in components that didn’t have problems at first. 

As you try to treat one component of psychology by activating another component of psychology in the condition of psychological disorder, the condition may progress to develop psychological disorders in two of the psychological components. This phenomenon occurs since you end up overly activating the component with normal operation to restore balance. Now, you have a combination of expression disorder and perception disorder or a combination of the disorder of memory of emotion and expression disorder. Two different types of psychological disorders may be manifested alternately. Examples are bipolar disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, and hysteria.  

As you try to treat psychological disorders in two components of psychology by activating the rest one component, you may also develop a psychological disorder in the last component thereby resulting in psychological disorders in all three components of psychology. This phenomenon occurs since you end up overly activating the last one component to restore balance in the two problematic components. Now you have developed psychological disorders in perception, memory of emotion, and expression. 

A fundamental difference between psychological problems and psychological disorders is that psychological problems in one component can be restored by activating another component, but such mechanism does not apply for psychological disorders. Thus, when psychological disorders have developed, you must not adopt diversion, counseling, coaching, and so on since they will only aggravate the condition.  

 You may experience incidents of an attack of explosion of negative emotions in phases 2 or 3 of psychological disorders accompanied by the temporary loss of consciousness. This phenomenon occurs when you transfer from one type of psychological disorders to another type, for example from manic or addictive phase to depressive or panic phase, or in the opposite direction. The period of temporary loss of consciousness with explosive or panic attack gets longer and longer from seconds at first to days in the end as the condition advances. 

It must be clearly noted that psychological problems and psychological disorders must be differentiated for adequate treatment. Sometimes, it is difficult to distinguish psychological problems from psychological disorders since the pain sensed by individuals is subjective, so the diagnosis of psychological conditions must employ the criteria based on the operational mechanism of mind and psychology instead of visible phenomena.

Psychological problems can be solved by activating psychological operations at the surface level, but psychological disorders must be treated by adjusting the operation of mind at the underlying level. It is crucial to control and adjust the component of psychology with disorders without affecting components without disorders. Next, you need to build the ability to prevent developing psychological disorders in the future when you may be exposed to stress and psychological wounds. Then, you are considered to have achieved a complete cure of psychological disorders. 


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