I changed school aged eight. My wife feels the same boy today would be diagnosed with ADHD and/or autism. I fought, I tormented and I disrupted classes. I was often banned from the playground for long stretches and made to stand in the entrance hall on view to staff headed to their common room. Half of my first year of classes was spent alone, on my own desk in the corner, working with my back to everyone.
Starting high school was threating, not just because the local mining village formed part of its catchment area, but through earlier rugby league games: a friend had his leg broken when we were 10 or 11. It was not due to a rough tackle. There was a malicious assault after a tackle, when my friend was still on the ground. With no repercussions for the assailant, and a continuation of that attitude at high school, I just tried to be unnoticed. Life at "The Comp" felt dangerous.
Billy Casper's school from Barry Hines' "Kes," was not dissimilar, including the mining link. The video clip on this page is typical of 1970s children and the period. I actually started in 1979, but the early 80s were similar.
My school year's pupils at The Comp had a culture whereby, there was much bullying, but no reporting. Therefore, high-school strengthened my notion that the world is threatening and people are not to be readily trusted.
The optional two years of sixth form were safe. However, by taking a *RISK*, and uprooting to a local sixth form college, wider benefits may have been possible.
In part I see affective psychosis as a mechanism whereby thoughts and feelings are exaggerated. However, mood congruence is not as likely in schizophrenia. Bizarre and less logical or connective ideas are more common there.
"Childhood ideas of the world can colour both psychosis and other mental health conditions, and often appear in early adulthood."