From my family’s situation comes this post.  Observation from a few visits after years of separation; her immigrating to the United States and me to Canada.  Visits to her home caused me to see how her environment and the people within it shaped her way of thinking, actions, and perceptions.  Subconsciously unknown, she had developed some of the illnesses and disorders this post addresses that affect so many today within society because of lack of treatment, knowledge, and drug abuse.

Many around the globe daily flee their land of birth or migrate to another country to restart their life.  In doing so they embrace new environments, new cultures, new beliefs, new laws, and different behaviors from where they came from.  Life especially for grownups is an adaptation in learning new things and teaching their young ones who are more apt to move with the flow, how to fit into a society different from where they are coming from.  However, years within your new environment working and living among its people can unconsciously take a toll on your system, especially when faced with challenging situations that bring the onset of unknown illnesses and disorders never heard of before.  Such as Bipolar symptoms, Autism, Psychotic behaviors, and weakening of the nerves; a list that could include other conditions.  With these illnesses or symptoms, it is not unusual to find some within a society whose level of tolerance is not the same as yours and whose approach or actions confuses you to comment: What is your problem? Or in conversation: He/ she has a problem?


There’s no doubt that our healthcare within Canada and countries abroad are bogged-down with overworked nurses and doctors that proper healthcare is not given.  As Ontario continues to grow, we need better access to important social services that are not seen as of 2022.  Doug Ford’s latest tweet on Twitter on August 16, stated that his government hired over 10,500 healthcare workers in 2020, and on top of those 4,500 net new nurses were added to the system.  Yet there is an overwhelming concern among the public as many hospitals has patients still experiencing long wait periods for emergency surgery, and overcrowded emergency room.

Therefore, it is up to you, me; collectively, we become knowledgeable on types of disorders and illnesses, in order to protect ourselves while we accommodate each other.  Not all these disorders and illnesses mention above are heredity; many are from our environment, and the people we associate with.  Knowledge from which your circumstances stem gives a cure to your mental and physical body’s health.  The sooner attention is given to your circumstances the faster you can navigate your reaction to mental perceived comments from others, seen appearances, or actions of others. 

BIPOLAR disorder—manic depression, is a mental illness that causes shifts in moods, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.  With this disorder, many genes are involved and no one gene can cause the disorder.  Research at San Francisco VA Medical Center indicates bipolar disorder progressively damages the brain. – May 6, 2003.

Symptoms experienced are uniquely personal, and are overwhelming joy, excitement, happiness, huge energy, and reduced need for sleep.

A parent or sibling with bipolar disorder are highly stressed and tend to abuse drug and alcohol.

PSYCHOTIC disorders are severe mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking and perception.

Symptoms—delusions and hallucinations—are two main symptoms affecting an individual’s reaction to others within society as a feeling of paranoia and suspicion is present.  With this mental distorted perception, they withdraw from family, friends, and loved ones.  There is a sudden drop in school, work, or job performance.  And there is a disinterest in personal grooming.

Triggers and episodes are from physical illness or injury.  People with schizophrenia—a mental disorder that causes hallucination and delusions, and bipolar disorder experiencing high fever, head injury, or lead or mercury poisoning may hear or see things.  And not knowing how to control their reaction during an episode will tend to be violent or abusive.

AUTISM spectrum disorder is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave.  This disorder can be diagnosed at any age and is described as a ‘developmental disorder’ because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.

Signs of this disorder is noted in the child not responding to their name; avoiding eye contact; not smiling when you smile at them; not talking as much as other children, or getting upset by certain smells, taste, or sighted objects.

WEAKEN NERVES is due to deficiencies in nutrients such as B6 and B12 vitamins.  Damage can be caused by excessive alcohol ingestion or develop after gastric surgery.

Signs of weakened nerves are dropping of objects; muscle weakness in arms or legs; numbness or tingling in the hands or feet; sharp pains in hands, arms, legs, or feet.

Healing is within 6-12 weeks once rested, but there are things a person can do to maintain strength, and that are regular exercise; getting plenty of sleep; lots of sunlight; watching your diet, and a meditation routine. 


These listed illnesses and disorders mentioned earlier are not all heredity, our environment, and those we associate with can be the cause.  Knowledge helps in how well we are able to communicate and handle other peoples’ actions or reactions to what say to them.  In my book—Until My Dying Day—I touched briefly on the observation of my family’s situation that stemmed from some of the people my sister, with dealt.  Her profession was in real estate.  Managing a business can be stressful, and having to deal with people whose callous attitude toward their responsibility interjects into your financial health, a situation that causes stress becomes manic depression.

Those whose genetic makeup is like mine, who are spiritually active during their visions or dreams—known as Astro-travel–that experience physical damage; it comes to this—the type of exercise implemented into your daily routine or choice of sport needs careful selection, along with a healthy balanced diet.  Daily or weekly meditation along with outdoor activities helps with mental focus.  You, also need to educate yourself, foremost on God’s word which gives light to understanding people, and the spiritual realm.  Research on the type of disorders, and illnesses, as you watch how your body reacts to the environment.

I knew of a married brother in my religious organization whose wife suffered physically for years due to the environment—informed by their doctor—having to move to another province.  I do not know of her condition due to not having any contact since told of his decision to move; hope that she is in good health.

This incident is mentioned to prove the importance of becoming aware of our environment, its people, and those we have in our lives, as the cause of depression, stress, disorders, or illnesses is sought; before consulting doctors for treatment or drugs that may help, if not physically or psychologically damage you.

Sometimes all it takes for good health, peace, and joy is to eliminate certain foods and people from our lives.

WITH MUCH THANKS I hope you, who took the time to read this post are enlightened on how best to adapt to your environment, and its people by first looking at your own circumstances



Published by bernadette massiah

I am a creative writer and editor. I love to travel meeting different nationalities, reading and exercising.

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