I’m rarely depressed, my clinical depression faded years and years ago, and I am rarely anxious, so it’s not a bipolar happy/sad cycle thing at all.
However I find myself thinking about things, my mind thinks things I find extremely funny and I start laughing my ass off. I could be driving in my car or watching the news at home or whatever, I think about things I find funny, I am happy, and laughing and feel great. Sometimes when I am out i am glad I have a mask on cause people might be thinking what is this guy smiling about… just while standing in line at the bank for example thinking of things I find funny. It’s not constant but several times a day.
I’m not complaining because I feel good but just wondering if it is a psychological thing that could be indicative of something bad happening in the future.
For now I am enjoying it, but I posted this meme in another thread and it got me a little worried.
Paradoxical laughter has been consistently identified as a recurring emotional-cognitive symptom in schizophrenia diagnosis. Closely linked to paradoxical laughter is the symptom; inappropriate affect , defined as “emotional responses that are not in keeping with the situation or are incompatible with expressed thoughts or wishes”. An example of inappropriate affect with paradoxical laughter may be; expressions of joy when told about the death of a loved one. Inappropriate affect in schizophrenia includes, but is not limited to, paradoxical laughter, it also may involve unexpected bouts of aggression, sudden displays of sadness or undefinably bizarre behaviour.
Inappropriate affect officially falls in the category of a negative symptom in schizophrenia, measured on the SANS Scale when a diagnosis is made. However, some dispute this and argue inappropriate affect does not suitably fall in the positive-negative symptom dichotomy. Paradoxical laughter and other inappropriate emotional expressions were defining features of disorganised schizophrenia - one of five sub-types of schizophrenia previously defined in the DSM-IV. The latest version DSM-V (2013), no longer recognises different types of schizophrenia.
If I see someone laughing or smiling it barely registers. Other people seem ready to pounce with the question why are you laughing.
Whats with the antilaughter panopticon?
For example just today at work i was walking alone and laughing to myself and a guy said whats so funny and thinking on my feet i said ive been carrying big black @$!#s all day why wouldnt i be laughing. And he laughed indicating my cover wasnt blown.