i was then basicly convinced that i could tell psychotic people from nonpsychotic by looking in their eyes fairly easily.
the eyes (to me) basicly look a bit angry, very vigilant and they stay the same regardless to the emotions being expressed (or being tried to express).
NOW. i was trying to make a decent pic of myself to put on facebook (which was a totally futile attempt) and i noticed I EXACTLY have the same eyes. and then i looked at my older picks from like two years ago and the eyes were quite normal at that time. which is confusing to me because at the time the old pics where made i was in a much worse shape than today. and wait. something else was different too! I weren't on meds! particularly not on the currently huge dose of Zyprexa.
so i'm basicly wondering:
1. have i become psychotic or generally sicker without noticing?
2. Is this CAUSED by antipsychotic medication and i was an asshole thinking that psychotics look this way because of their illness?
3. have you ever noticed that the eyes of the psychotic people look weird or am i making this stuff up?
ok i just found something. it rather sais eye contact and gazing is not a predictor for whatever but at least someone docs have came up with my idea.
go there and scroll up to eye contact. http://books.google....ia gaze&f=false
here is a rather crappy and biased compressed version for the lazy.
...poor eye contact ... criterion for affect flattening. ....he found.... both schizophrenics and depressive spenr a significantly smaller proportion of their time gazing at the intervierwer....they found schizophrenics amount of direct gazing to be slightly more than normals...the important discriminator of schizophrenics from normals in this sturdy was not the absolute amount of direct gazing ... but the inconsistency between the pattern of gazing and the intended affect.....NO direct evidence about the relation of eye contact to affective flattening (DUH!)...does not exclude the pissibility that a subsample of schizophrenics, those with flat affect, might exhibit aberrant gazing behaviours, that is, gaze aversion or EXCESSIVE STARING (now that's what i was talking about)
Edited by Überpolarbear, 28 January 2010 - 06:19 PM.