The frequency and (or) duration of behavior can help in the determination of the extent to which a behavior is abnormal. Some symptoms of mental illness do not occur all the time. Individuals who have such disorders actually have periods of normalcy.

Episodes of abnormal behavior can actually have known triggers. These triggers could be emotional, social, or biological in nature.

Emotional triggers of abnormal behavior include anger or disappointment. Social triggers include peer group interactions. Biological triggers include physical illnesses like complicated hypertension, epilepsy, complicated diabetes, and the use of psychoactive substances including alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, heroin, etc.

If nothing is done to intervene, the episodes of abnormal behavior could become more frequent, while the duration of each episode could also become more prolonged. The abnormal behavior eventually will result in significant disruptions of the affected person’s life and livelihood.

The case of Seese, the fisherman of Masiwawu (continued from last week )

As the reporter’s mind pondered on his observations, Seese pointed at a makeshift bench, crafted from sections of stems of bamboo. The dried stems were well polished and glistening. He brought a large-sized face towel, spread it on the bench, and gestured to the reporter to sit down.

He then reached for the small gourd and took a long steady drink from its contents. He lowered the gourd slowly peeping inside to see the remnants of the mixture inside. He then swirled the contents around several times, creating a colloid mix which he downed in 2 massive gulps.

“What do I offer you”, asked Seese. There is nothing impossible for me to supply you with, in this part of the world”. Nothing is contraband; nothing is illegal, he added.

“I have plain fresh palm-wine, I also have special palm-wine as you may like it, he said, with a mischievous smile on his face.

Wanting to keep the conversation going, the reporter also smiled mischievously, acting as if he was peeping around, trying to ensure that no one was listening in on their conversation, he lowered his voice and asked, “How special can your palm-wine be?’” raising the back of the right hand towards the left side of his face in a gesture of someone trying to convey a conspiratory message to the other person.

Seese burst into laughter, throwing back his head, raising both feet clear of the ground as he threw his hands in the air. “My full name is ‘Ko si oun ti ko seese’; nothing is impossible! I can guarantee you that I can always live up to my name, no matter the weather”, he said emphatically. He then lowered his voice and said “asides this fish on the fire, I can also provide you with other fishes if you know what I mean”.

The reporter almost jumped out of his skin when he heard this! “Other fishes”!

  • What do you think these ‘other fishes’ are?
  • What advice will you give to the reporter?

Feel free to share your comments and thoughts.

Stay safe and sane; help others do the same.


Note: This story is entirely “fictional”.

Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination for education and information about mental health issues. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.



One thought on “Simply “Mad” or “Mentally ill”? (Episode 3)”
  1. I think other fishes here is India hemp (cannabis)

    I will advice the reporter to request for only the plain fresh palm wine.

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