The Schizophrenic Psychic
By Belinda Bentley
“What kind of ghost is it that can lock doors?”…
Paul Dale Roberts sent me an email, he was in a meeting and really needed me to take a call. I was available so I called John and told him I was from the “HPI Paranormal Hotline” and I asked how could I help him. “What kind of ghost is it that can lock doors?” I repeated to him what he’d said making sure I heard right. He woke up one night and his bedroom door had been locked from the inside. I asked him, does he sleep with anyone at night that can vouch that he doesn’t sleep walk?
John believes he doesn’t sleep walk. He doesn’t think he locked the door himself and he says he hears ticking noises; sleeps with the light on because something wakes him up at 4 am in the morning and has woken up with scratches on his arms – three to be exact. Some believe this a sign of a demonic presence. Last, but not least he feels that he is psychic. He claims to be able to change the outcome of events, namely games. According to him he has made the Green Bay Packers win. He also says that he has to be psychic because he is a Virgo and the youngest child. I myself am not familiar with any folklore about Virgos and the youngest children being psychic. According to John, his parents saw how much being psychic drained him and took him to see a doctor. They called him a paranoid schizophrenic and he is now on medication.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia says,
Not to be confused with Schizoid personality disorder, Schizotypal personality disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, or Schizophasia.
Schizophrenia (/ˌskɪtsɵˈfrɛniə/ or /ˌskɪtsɵˈfriːniə/) is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by poor emotional responsiveness. It most commonly manifests itself as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. The onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood.  Diagnosis is based on observed behavior and the patient’s reported experiences.
Many people in the paranormal field feel Schizophrenia is a misdiagnosis for many psychics and mediums. After reading this I agree it sounds like every psychic I know. To any outsider looking at what a psychic medium experiences or tries to communicate from beyond is going to look odd, strange and maybe a bit insane or paranoid. Some might think it is bizarre or a delusion. We can believe in ghost, but some how it’s not OK to see them or hear them. I’ve seen so called “crazy” people walking the streets screaming at seemingly nothing. At times I have seen that there was in fact something there. Maybe those spirits are what drove the person crazy or they aren’t crazy at all. Unfortunately there was no way for me to tell if it was a condition or really paranormal in Johns case.
The medication he takes makes it harder to read him psychically. For him it suppresses the noise, the feelings, the activity, and it also suppressed his sexual functions, therefore he asked his doctor to lower the dosage so that he can remain sexually functional. The only problem is the paranormal began to stir within his home once more with a lower dosage. He told me he doesn’t know if it is his condition or paranormal. He was hoping to get that answer from me.
When I asked him what he thought; was it his condition or ghost? He leaned towards the paranormal only after he’d woke up with his door locked. The door could just be broke. HPI would check it out, but he lives in Wisconsin.
He wants to developed his psychic abilities more, but it drains him. I advised against developing his psychic abilities if it was taking a toll on his health. The medicine suppressing all of his functions weren’t going to work for him in the psychic department, but against him which would only drain him more. I am not a doctor. I can’t advise him to stop taking medication just to be more psychic. The best advice I had was to deal with the problem at hand for now. I suggested he do a house blessing. Something Paul told me about sometime ago. John was excited when I told him what to do. Thrilled even. It was the first emotion I’d heard in the whole conversation. He said he would try it and will let me know how it went. Then he excitedly hung up.
He was concerned in the beginning of our conversation that I just wanted to debunk everything. I assured him that wasn’t my job. My job was to find out how to help him and to get the facts that may lead us to the truth. “If your home isn’t haunted, then why would I scare you, by telling you it is. I just don’t want to assume anything.” He seemed to understand that. But it wasn’t until I gave him a solution, a solution to combat the paranormal that he really was happy. I felt he was joyful because someone actually cared enough not to assume he was crazy or assume it’s just his mental condition based on the fact he was labeled Schizophrenic. I know that he could in reality be having these experiences and if that is the case I don’t want him wishing someone would believe him. The help I’ve offered is harmless and has stopped paranormal activity in the past. I’m looking forward to his update in the near future.
“Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn’t matter.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger
The word “belief” is a difficult thing for me. I don’t believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it – I don’t need to believe it.