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Copyright 2003 Edit Tuesday May 13, 2014

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,

is from the American Psychiatric Association.

My copy of the DSM is DSM-IV-TR and DSM V

It is a text revision, "TR," of DSM-IV

Repeated letters to the current and past president of the American Psychiatric Association are unanswered.


The first thing you should understand about the "disorders" of the DSM is that they are not diseases. They are descriptive names given to grouped behaviors. 

The stunning thing you should also understand is that in all their investigation, committee reports,  and voting of the membership about the content of the DSM, nothing is known about what causes mental illness.

In fact, although they can describe it, no one knows what mental illness is.


Schizophrenia, for instance, is a diagnosis in the DSM, nothing more.


Schizophrenia is defined as "... a mixture of characteristic signs and symptoms that have been present for a significant period of time during a one month period...with some signs of the disorder persisting for at least 6 months. ..." DSM-IV-TR pg 298


Once you exclude brain injury, brain disease (cancer, tumors, and other physical diseases including some nutritional vitamin deficiencies), substance abuse, inherited brain deficits, environmental toxic factors, and brain parasites, absolutely nothing provable is known about what causes paranoia, panic, depression, delusions, hearing voices, hallucinations, or any of the other disorders in the DSM.


In contrast. depression can be created with a physical experiment that copies the situation engineers found when Subliminal Distraction was first discovered to cause mental breaks for office workers.   

Yes, I am saying I can create psychiatric symptoms with a physical situation in a short period of Subliminal Distraction exposure, a few hours daily over several days.   

Do you know anyone in mental health services who can produce psychiatric symptoms in someone with no history of mental distress, no risk factors, on demand, with a few days exposure  in an experiment?

The experiment will only work for someone with full competent sight and who can suppress the vision startle reflex. (Perform my demonstration of subliminal sight and habituation in peripheral vision to show that ability. If you can not successfully perform the demonstration you cannot suppress the vision startle reflex and are immune from Subliminal Distraction.)  Demo

Did you know that the blind from birth and blind with no neural impulses on the optic nerve do not have panic attacks, Bipolar Disorder, or Schizophrenia?   (Google it to confirm.)   Why?  The fully blind cannot have Subliminal Distraction exposure.


What does all of that mean?      First, without knowledge of causation there can be no correct grouping of the behaviors.

Lacking knowledge of causation it is not possible to know where one "disorder" begins and another ends.

Often someone is diagnosed with more than one of the named behaviors. That is called dual diagnosis.


Sometimes a member of the association will admit this lack of knowledge. But that is rare.

In an opening speech at an annual convention one such admission was that panic attacks appear in the disorders too often to be there by chance but the cause of this panic association is unknown.


Panic attacks are one of the first outcomes of significant Subliminal Distraction exposure.


Usually, psychosocial psychobabble is used to explain the behaviors. When my wife had a psychotic break after her office was changed eliminating Cubicle Level Protection her doctors at the University of Alabama psychiatric hospital in Birmingham explained the episode by saying, " She is a fine Christian woman who let her worries get the better of her."   ___  I found an engineer in Birmingham to explain what had happened but my wife's doctors refused to call him. Connie Tucker's hospital records.


That was the first indication to show I would discover that Subliminal Distraction is unknown in mental health services.

Think about this for a minute. A normal feature of everyone's physiology of sight was discovered to cause still-believed-harmless mental breaks for office workers in 1964. Understand, those engineers did not cause the problem. They created a situation that revealed it.    As a part of everyone's physiology of sight it had always been present to cause psychiatric symptoms when anyone, even in primitive societies, created all the "special circumstances" for it and exposure lasted long enough. One of the goals of this project was to find historical events that had those "special circumstances" when bizarre events happened.

For fifty years businesses such as Herman Miller, Steelcase, Knoll, and Haworth have sold cubicles and designed open plan offices using "Systems Furniture" to prevent what they and everyone else aware of them believe are harmless temporary episodes of psychotic-like confusion.  They believe the episodes are a product of and only happen in large high traffic business offices. 

No one had realized this is a universal problem of physiology.

No one had looked for the episodes other places or examined when mental breaks happened to determine if different levels and intensities of exposure produced longer lasting more serious mental events.

The computer allows the "special circumstances" to be created almost anywhere.


Volunteers searching the APA database three separate times found no study or reference using the term "subliminal distraction."


One of the failings of the investigation by APA researchers and psychiatrists is that they only consider behaviors that rise to a level that disrupts lives. Their search for causation attempts to work backward from those serious problematic behaviors.

They do not consider that all mental illness is a continuum of a simple common problem of human physiology. Behaviors that have short duration or that resolve without treatment are ignored.


Example:  ICU Psychosis has been known to happen in hospital ICU's for more than sixty/seventy(?) years. One in three people who spend more than five days in the ICU has a mental break. Patients rip out tubes and believe nurses and doctors are trying to kill them. The episode remits with no treatment once the patient leaves the ICU.

Google ICU Psychosis and you will find many explanations including delirium.   But true ICU psychosis happens without delirium and spontaneously remits when the patient leaves the UCU.  Typically the patient would have been awake and talking to care givers for a few days before episode strikes.

(Subliminal Distraction is a peripheral vision driven problem. The patient's eyes must be open to experience the episode from Subliminal Distraction.)

If you phone any hospital you will be told this is caused by too much stimulation from blinking lights and buzzers in the ICU. But there are jobs, such as floor trader on the stock market which have much more "stimulation" from activity around the worker than a patient in an ICU. There have never been mental breaks associated with any such job.

When an ICU patient learns to ignore the movement of nurses and other hospital workers approaching their bed they still subliminally detect that movement to cause Subliminal Distraction exposure. (If you reached this page from a search engine enter the site HERE for the explanation of Subliminal Distraction,)


Everyone with a computer at home or a child in school should have this FREE information.


If you have not done so perform the demonstration of subliminal sight and habituation in peripheral vision. This shows how Subliminal Distraction exposure happens without the knowledge of the subject.    Demonstration


Did you know:

Those who are blind from birth and those who are blind with no neural impulses on the optic nerve do not have panic attacks or schizophrenia.    WHY?


Would you believe I have been unable to find anyone in mental health services who believes that fact is significant?


The completely blind cannot experience Subliminal Distraction exposure.

There are some cases of people who became blind after becoming mentally ill and there are some who have sight but are legally blind.     There are no cases of panic attacks or schizophrenia from those who have no sight, those who are completely blind.



Known temporary psychotic episodes include:


Qi Gong and Kundalini Yoga psychotic episodes:

This version of the DSM has for the first time Culture Bound Syndromes listed in an appendix.

"qi-gong psychotic reaction  A term describing an acute, time-limited episode characterized by dissociative, paranoid, or other psychotic or nonpsychotic symptoms that may occur after participation in the Chinese folk health-enhancing practice of qigong ("exercise of vital energy"). ..."  DSM-IV-TR  pg 902  (This text, including spelling, is copied as printed in the DSM.)

Why would waving your arms and legs in unison with a small group of people cause a mental break?  Would you believe it has not occurred to any of the experts in mental health service either here or in China to resolve that question?  Again, mental events which quickly remit are not of interest to those experts.


The belief that performing slow motion martial arts katas will alter or control supernatural forces responsible for the existence of the Universe and every thing that happens in it, is a belief in magic.


When participants concentrate on their own performance of slow motion martial arts katas they dissociate knowledge of those moving beside them. They will then subliminally detect the movement of other participants as threat-movement to cause a subliminal failed attempt to execute the vision startle reflex. That's Subliminal Distraction exposure.    __  It is the concentration to a level that you are no longer aware of things happening around you that allows Subliminal Distraction to happen. You can enter that level of concentration and exit it many times during an QiGong exercise session. Those who make the movements without that deep concentration, mental investment, cannot have the same experience as those who do reach that level of deep concentration.

By observation it can be noted that sudden intense exposure causes the time limited episode. But low level long term exposure creates subtle altered mental states with beliefs of superhuman strength or supernatural powers. Long term users of Qi Gong claim to be able to walk through solid objects without harm. They believe they can lift thousands of pounds through the exercise of vital energy or Qi (Chee).  A YouTube video of successful business man George Dillman from the National Geographic program "Is It Real" shows him claiming to use mental telepathy to control the actions of customers waiting in a line at Starbucks.  Dillman has no symptoms that could be attributed to mental illness. He offers or claims a long history of successfully training people such as Bruce Lee and Mohamed Ali.

He has instructed students in Karate classes while the other students in the class moved around him in peripheral vision for his entire career. That describes long-term low-level Subliminal Distraction exposure.  The YouTube video shows this circumstance in a Karate class.

Mr. Dillman is not mentally ill.  Far from it, he is a high functioning normal person. He is a successful business man who has taught Karate for more than thirty years. But the circumstances of his workplace allow Subliminal Distraction to explain how and why he believes he can harness Chee energy and throw it from his hands to strike others.

(In the video at time 1:44 you can see him telling students how to form an energy ball between their hands. At time 3:40 he relates moving a line at Starbucks with mental telepathy.  At 4:40 he points to half-moons in his fingernails as evidence of the stress from the performance But those features from nail growth could take weeks to manifest which would suggest precognition if he understood how long they take to appear from nail growth. They  begin to grow as small lines and move out into the nail with time.)

Now,  take a big step and  apply this situation to disorders such as Anorexia and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The mental state to cause those behaviors comes from subliminal operant conditioning.  Can this be proved?   NO.  

The training to install the bizarre behaviors happens in the brain below thought, reason, and consciousness. There is no treatment.  (None is possible.) Learning to avoid Subliminal Distraction would prevent additional reinforcement of the behavior which would dissipate with time.  Your brain forgets the behaviors when they are not reinforced. In computer parlance, your brain should "return to default" without continuing exposure.

In some cases Talk Therapy counseling and conditioning to remove the behavior should help.

I can demonstrate the onset of depression from Subliminal Distraction experimentally. But complex behaviors, Anorexia and OCD happen as an accidental co-occurrence  of thought about body image and worry unique to the individual being shaped and reinforced by Subliminal Distraction. They cannot be experimentally produced.    



Kundalini Yoga:

The "Awakening of Kundalini" is essentially the same phenomenon as Qi Gong mental breaks but is not mentioned in the DSM.

In this Yoga form moving Yoga poses are used and performed one after the other without holding the single pose. The exercise, like Qi Gong, has been  known to cause mental breaks when too many sessions are performed in a compact time frame.

Gurus believe they can levitate through the will of their minds using meditation.

These beliefs from both exercise systems are psychotic but not recognized as such. They are most often assigned to religious beliefs and ignored by mental health services.

"If we take the psychological perspective and view kundalini as the power latent in our unconscious then it is easy to understand that awakening this force is going to bring a greater amount of unconscious material into our consciousness. Even in the best of circumstances this is likely to be uncomfortable and if an individual is barely coping with his unconscious even under normal circumstances then awakening kundalini may push the individual over into psychosis. This phenomenon has been documented many times. "  

The quote is from:   Note the last sentence  "... documented many times."

"The typical symptoms a student might experience if kundalini energy rises too rapidly include shaking, nausea, diarrhea and intense body heat that is not like a fever. More disturbing, perhaps, are a tendency to cry or laugh without reason, as well as confusion and anxiety. Experiences of telepathy or having visions are also known. Some people report knowledge of yoga postures they haven't been taught, but which they perform correctly, and some people have mystical revelations."         

The quote is from:

If you Google "Kundalini Yoga problems" you will find many explanations of the mental events that arise from " the Awakening of Kundalini."  All advocate sites relate the same causation such as in the quotes above. Christian sites blame demon possession for the effects of Kundalini Awakening.  This is the only site that explains it related to a normal universal feature of all human physiology.



As the pages become available compare these symptoms to those of Shell Shock from WWI (intense shaking), the Wi-Fi illness incident in 14 Ontario, Canada elementary schools when computer were introduced in classrooms (nausea, headaches, dizziness), and the LeRoy High School incident when Tourette like symptoms began to spread among high school students.

In all these cases observation shows the presence of the "special circumstances" for Subliminal Distraction.

You might note that in the LeRoy incident two different diagnoses were made. One involved treatment with antibiotics for a condition suggested to be Pandas (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infection), and the other used Talk Therapy to overcome "Conversion Disorder." ( neurological symptoms, such as numbness, blindness, paralysis, or fits without a definable organic cause). Both treatments worked equally well. What does that tell you?

Neither was the correct diagnosis. Something else was at work. The first girl in the documentary took two art classes daily. When she dropped out of school the symptoms disappeared. After she returned to her school class schedule the symptoms returned.   That suggests it was a combination of Subliminal Distraction exposure in art class and other usually harmless exposure everyone normally  has which produced no symptoms until the art classes were added.



The fact that two nearly identically performed exercises from China and India which each have roughly a 3000 year history of producing similar psychiatric problems should convince anyone of the power and universality of Subliminal Distraction.

Both exercises create movement in peripheral vision for concentrating participants.  That's Subliminal Distraction.




Large Group Awareness Training Seminars cause mental breaks. There have been three psychotic mental break suicides in Australia after an LGATS, the last one called Turning Point. Here in the United States there was a psychotic mental break murder.

Expert witnesses testifying  in Australia said the mental breaks were caused by untrained lecturers performing childhood regression therapy.

There is  no mention of LGATS I could find in the DSM. Brief psychotic disorder would be used as the diagnosis of sudden onset mental events without reference to Subliminal Distraction as causation.


This group of mental evens are important because they happen to a tiny number of people who are held in a classroom-like situation ten hours daily for three or four days. There have been studies and research since the problem appeared in the 1970's attempting to explain why sitting in a seminar for 30 or 40 hours in a short time period causes mental events that resemble a single Bipolar episode.   No one else has solved it.



Culture Bound Syndromes:

Around the world are a group of mental events that are experienced in terms of local or ethnic cultural beliefs. They have descriptive names based on that belief of origin of the episode. 

This is the first issue of the DSM which includes Culture Bound Syndromes.

Those listed in the DSM-IV-TR are:  Amok,  ataque de nervios,  bilis and cólera (also muina),  brain fag,  dhat,  falling out or blacking out,  ghost sickness,  hwa-byung (also wool-hwa-byung),  koro,  latah,  locura,  mal de ojo,  nervios,  pibloktoq,  qi gong psychotic reaction,  rootwork,  sangue dormido,  shenjing shuairuo, shenkuei (Taiwan) shenkui (China),  shin-byung,  spell,  susto,  taijn kyofusho,  and zar.  Going Postal," not listed in the DSM, is a Culture Bound Syndrome of the United States.


The original VisionAndPsychosis.Net page about Culture Bound Syndromes has not been transferred to this new site.  It is available by searching the Wayback Machine. The current page has part of that information. HERE

Articles on the Internet remark that the current effort is to explain these CBS's in terms of the disorders of the DSM.



Politically correct diagnosis of schizophrenia:


There is a current discussion on renaming Schizophrenia. The name of the behavior has negative connotations. It has been suggested it be called "Psychosis Susceptibility Syndrome (PSS)."


Unable to discover what it is, or understand how to prevent it, ...    but they will find a more appealing name for it that does not stigmatize those with the "disorder."