Because my sanity is often in question, I believe I’m a pretty good judge of how crazy other people are. I had an incident several years ago where I found I still had a lot to learn about levels of mental health. When traveling alone on business I didn’t like to eat in nice restaurants at a table for one. As a result, I would often eat at fast food restaurants. When in Philadelphia, I would almost always stay in Center City. There is a Wendy’s on Walnut Street in Center City that I frequented while in town. One evening when on my way to eat, I came across an elderly woman who was having a spirited discussion with a tree on the street. I thought I would invite her to join me at Wendy’s. I extended the invitation but she appeared to not hear me. I asked again touching her arm at the same time. She stopped in the middle of her discussion with the tree and gave me a look that was so angry it caused me to step backward. She took a couple of steps toward me and I turned around and started heading back to the hotel. Within moments, I was running as fast as I could with a 70 something year old lady in hot pursuit. I can tell you this is not good for your ego. I finally lost her after three of four blocks but I continued at a high rate of speed until I got back to my hotel. I didn’t eat that night. I later talked to a psychiatrist friend about the encounter and he told me it sounded like she was having a schizophrenic episode. He told me any interference with an episode is considered hostile. I just wanted to get her a burger and fries.
2 thoughts on “Psychosis”
I have always found it best that when I find folks in their own little world, to leave them in that world – quickly and quietly.
I learned the same thing at that moment. Good deeds are not always perceived that way by others.
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