3 Mental Illness That Can Give You Superhuman Brain Powers (Featuring @steemist as Author)

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3 Mental Illness That Can Give You Superhuman Brain Powers

Have you at some point in your life felt like you suffered from some type of mental illness? Whether it be depression, anxiety, or OCD, we have all experienced some form of mental illness. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a form of mental illness which comes out to be 43.8 million or 18.5% of just the American population. Imagine that number worldwide!

Study Source: NAMI

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Even with so many individuals carrying mental illnesses, society still tends to look at mental illness as some sort of negative to someone's life or look at them as though they are a leper. Truth is, these people are in fact suffering from a mental illness that can, at times, truly alter the person's life, including careers, relationships, and basic living. There are however some symptoms of mental illnesses that can cause a person to feel like they have 'superhuman' powers. The below list is comprised of 3 mental illnesses where the symptoms can possess 'superhuman' powers. If you are someone that has experienced these symptoms, chances are you can't fly, read minds, or become invisible, although it would be really awesome, you probably need to seek treatment.

1- Hypomania:

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Hypomania is actually a derivative of mania which can be found in relation to bi-polar disorder. Both mania and hypomania are very similar in that they both cause the person to feel over-energized and hyperactive while not having much sleep. The ability to have very increased energy without sleeping or eating can often feel very 'superhuman' and actually last quite a while, sometimes more than a week but ultimately has it's downsides as well. Unfortunately being a part of the bi-polar disease these 'superhuman' powers can actually be quite serious, especially towards the end of an episode.

Mania is more severe in that an episode can last more than a week, causing a person to be hyperactive bit mentally and physically but ending in very severe depression which again is related to bipolar disorder. Hypomania is less severe than mania in that the person has very similar symptoms. The difference from hypomania and mania is that hypomania is less severe than mania and that hypomania is found with bipolar 2 disorder which is a milder version of bi-polar disorder but causes more severe depression when coming down from the extreme energy levels. Hypomania can also be a side effect caused by drug abuse where mania is mainly driven by mental illness.

Hypomania can actually be treated fairly easy simply by changing lifestyle habits. Some of the more common habits that can be implemented to prevent or cure hypomania include exercising, dieting, a regulated sleep schedule, and remembering triggers that will cause a bi-polar episode that can ultimately trigger hypomania. Although hypomania has been determined to be very curable, mania is not very curable and often needs therapy treatment as well as medication.

Study Source: HealthLine

2- Amnesia:

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Amnesia, in short, is the loss of memory and any recollection of past events. Unfortunately, there are many people who suffer from amnesia. Whether from psychological trauma, disease, or brain damage, Amnesia can be quite scary especially for those just waking up from a coma.

According to the Mayo Clinic, many people who suffer from amnesia still remember who they are but have no recollection of memories that one should remember. A mysterious side effect of amnesia that is actually quite interesting is the fact that many people who suffer from amnesia wind of developing a unique comfort level with fear. In fact, doctors and scientists are still trying to study why people who suffer from amnesia are impervious to fear.

Some believe that the brain trauma that one may encounter actually creates to waves or pulses in the brain that actually cause an amnesia victim to not feel fearful.

Study Source: MayoClinic

3- Narcolepsy:

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Narcolepsy is a brain disorder in which someone has poor control of their sleep-wake cycles. Within this disease, people experience sudden daytime sleepiness and irresistible sleep episodes. Narcolepsy is mostly hereditary coming from a family history of the disease. It is mostly diagnosed in childhood or teen years but can be diagnosed later in life.

There are current studies that are proving narcolepsy can make a patient immune to addiction. These findings are enabling doctors to research the causes of addiction and the treatment that can be given. What the current studies of narcolepsy found are that many patients are treated with medication used to treat insomnia however what doctors are finding is that the insomnia medication is linked to the immunity of addiction.

Obviously, the studies are ongoing and have not been completely proven however the plausible has been becoming truth as more and more studies are underway.

Study Source: ElementsBehavioralHealth and Ninds.Nih

Final Words:

Aren't they amazing? Let me clear myself a little bit more. Those are called illness because they are harmful for sure. No one is denying the fact, and if you're suffering from any of those diseases, treat your disease and get rid of it. I didn't really want you to pray to get suffered from those diseases, lol. The only point of showing you these potential that how they might help you in adopting some "Superhuman Brain Power" through some symptoms in case if you're already suffering from such diseases or in case if any of your friends is suffering from those diseases. You can take advantage of them while you treat them. In both ways, you will benefit.

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none of them is fun :/ but i agree there are some positive. But i love sleep lol


Nope, they're not fun. They are disease but some unbelievable superhuman qualities. LOL. I can't survive without sleep. Until I get 8 hours of sleep, I feel laziness in myself. Thanks for the agreement though! :)


absolutely! and what about headache? man, the headache lol. when ur brain is working non-stop. argh


Cure it. None of the disease is fun or good.

"you probably need to seek treatment." - taken from above article.


yes because healthcare is so developed where i live :) (sarcastic)


Thanks for explaining the differences in these diseases. Good job!


Thanks for the compliment!

@jacor @steemist

They are not "diseases". Society has labeled them for conformist reasons. We are all unique individuals with our assets and drawbacks. We have a toolbox with all kinds of tools. Nobody can label something a "disease" for us. Is it a disease to be extra nice to people and been taken advantage? Is it a disease to be attentive or loyal?

Here is something I wrote about the issue



I called them diseases because they are known as "diseases". All of those diseases have some serious side-effects and calling them "normal" is wrong for multiple reasons near me. Although I see your point too, but I'm agree to disagree because difference of opinions are possible.

Thank you for taking your precious time to comment. Much appreciated!


I understand your point @steemist


Ha, ha, ha! I guess you're right!


I agree. My degree is psychology, and I learned very early on that most psychologists are mainly interested in making a name for themselves. To do this, they have to be able to point a finger at someone with any problem and give it a new name--label it as a psychosis or neurosis of some kind so that they will be taken seriously in the academic world.
People are complicated. That's all there is to it. People shouldn't all conform to one way of acting, of being. That's not reality.
And we shouldn't label anyone.
Thanks for the post!


I can at-least agree to call them disease but I believe they are harmful in few ways though, just like it is explained in my article. There is a difference of opinion between society whether to call them disease or just disorders.

awesome ur topics @jacor

I have narcolepsy and definitely don't feel superhuman! I barely feel human at all most of the time!
I am the only person in my family to have this disorder, although I am suspicious that my dad may also have it. However, he has so far only been diagnosed with sleep apnoea.
Also, I would disagree about being immune to addiction. I have good self control when it comes to things like drinking/gambling etc- I can take it or leave it. But I do get fixated on things. Maybe it's just OCD, but it seems like they may have similarities. My medications to keep me awake tend to make me focus on things to the point of being obsessed. Not fun.