This is something that has been bubbling in the back of my mind for a while now.
And let’s start with a clarification – when I say Prescription medication – I mean medication prescribed by a doctor to a patient who needs it to treat their condition, short or long term, I am not talking about those unfortunate souls who abuse prescription medication (either obtained through legal means and becoming addicted or addicts who obtain it through illegal means).
My father was diagnosed about 12 years ago with Parkinson’s, and takes a rather varied number of prescription medications to treat this neurological disorder and it’s symptoms, and last year had Deep Brain Stimulation surgery (effectively having metal rods inserted into his brain, attached to electrodes under the skin, the pulses help to treat many of the symptoms once they’ve been properly calibrated for the patient, but doctors don’t fully understand how or why).
I have noticed several changes in my father since the diagnosis, he tends to get obsessive now, not in a negative or dangerous way, but it’s a little weird at times, and he has suffered more than once delusions, and I think once or twice hallucinations, which I know is side effects from various medications he needs to take – it’s already known that some patients develop gambling addictions. I should also point out that my father has and does suffer from clinical depression – he’s currently fighting this right now and had his anti-depressants increased to help him. He’s never defined any of this as paranormal, nor claimed paranormal. Frankly, despite his Catholic faith, he DOES NOT believe in ghosts and considers it utter nonsense.
So this has led me to thinking/wondering – the correlation between certain prescription medications and paranormal experiences. Would the medication create a chemical reaction in the brain that makes the patient think that a delusion or hallucination is a genuine paranormal experience or would it actually be opening up the patient and making them more receptive to a genuine paranormal experience? Would, say, heart medication affect a person’s perceptions of such an event differently than one of the neurological medications such as those my father takes? What about muscle relaxants or heavy pain killers?
I know the first reaction is going to be it’s just a chemical reaction in the brain and the patient is experiencing a hallucination, but are we really 100% sure of that? If someone has never once experienced anything paranormal or spiritual until they were prescribed medication to treat something. Maybe the chemical reaction doesn’t create a hallucination, it’s opening a pathway? Not sure how to word that.
(Note that I myself have taken muscle relaxants to treat a vicious case of whiplash – I only felt like a living zombie and did not experience anything paranormal, genuine or otherwise)