[Excerpt from TT: 2008-09-14]
[Question] How does serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, manefest in relationship to Roles and Overleaves? Are they caused by the Overleaves or are the Overleaves masked by the illness, until the illness is successfully treated?
[Michael Entity] No “mental illness” is caused by the Overleaves themselves, but understanding the Overleaves can help one to manage “mental illnesses.” Most breakdowns in Personality however, when not due to any physical damage or developmental distortions, are usually Centering issues.
[Comment] I am going on the research that says these are physical illness.
[Michael Entity] Schizophrenia, for example, is the inability for the emotional elements of a Personality to communicate with one another, tending to be an Emotionally-Centered, Moving Part issue. Bi-Polar diagnoses are often the issues of Intellectual Centering, Moving Part. “Mental illnesses” that are diagnosed as being sourced from chemical imbalances are still connected to the Centering issues, and it can be a valid form of healing to use drug intervention on that chemical level to bring about a functioning that can then be sustained by the body in the long run.
When physical damage or developmental issues of the body are a cause for a “mental illness,” then this is usually a direct result of choice or allowance by Essence and is part of a greater theme of experience. In that case, the Goal is usually involved as the primary consideration, but is not the only consideration, of course.
In all cases of legitimate mental illness, it is the result of breakdown in communication among the various facets of the Personality, requiring a third-party bridging for effective communication to be returned. There are a number of ways a fragment can focus a lifetime on issues that require comprehension of interconnectedness, dependency, and the importance for allowing help, so mental illness is one of those ways.
Again, this is a question that can be more effectively answered in relation to specific individuals, but we believe our response here will offer some relevance in general.