I changed school aged eight. My wife feels that these days the same boy, would be diagnosed with ADHD and/or autism. I fought and tormented, and disrupted classes. Often I was banned from breaks for long stretches and put on view to teachers in the entrance hall. Half of my first year there, was spent sat staring into a corner of the classroom, with my back to the rest of the class at my own personal desk.
Starting high school felt threating, not just because the local mining village formed part of its catchment area, but through playing rugby league, I had prior experience of the boys. A friend of mine had his leg broken in a game for us ~10 year olds. It was not due to a rough tackle. It was a malicious assault. There were no repercussions for the assailant. Naturally, he continued that way unchecked throughout high school.
My best tack in the comprehensive, was to keep my head down, and avoid trouble. Everyone called it "the Comp."
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.
The Comp had a culture whereby there was much bullying and/or antisocial behaviour, but reports of it were unheard of. Along with academic subjects, an education there, was very likely to instil the notion that the world is dangerous.
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.
At least in part, I see affective psychosis as a mechanism whereby our thoughts and feelings are exaggerated. However, mood congruence is not as likely in schizophrenia, in which the bizarre and absence of remotest logic is common.
"Childhood ideas of the world are very likely to colour psychosis and other mental health conditions in early adulthood."