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Believing or not

Posted by undopaminergic on October 19, 2021, at 8:20:31

Hi all,

I got involved in a thread on another site, and I came to think about ideas, in the sense of beliefs and delusions, possibly including theories and hypotheses.

It seems different drugs and different disorders can make you more or less inclined to believe in different positive and negative ideas.

In a depressed state, you tend to disbelieve in positive things and believe more easily in negative things (eg. "I'm a bad person", "It's never getting better").

In a manic state you tend to believe in positive things and doubt negative things (eg. "I'm the smartest person around", "I have all the time in the world").

Neuroleptics seem to make you less credulous, in that they often help control delusions.

Stimulants seem to make you think more positively.

Memantine can make you manic and very credulous (eg. starting to believe in karma from just watching a short YouTube video).

However, there are also mood-incongruent delusions. I don't have a theory about that.





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