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Email, Twitter , Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Delicious, Digg, LinkedIn, blogs (of course), and scores of others—all part of the new and wonderful ways we can now connect with one another electronically, each with its own culture and unique set of rules. In one sense, the planet has never been more interconnected. And yet, this interconnectedness, while wonderful, hasn't come without cost. Much has been written about the dangers of Internet addiction . From pornography to merely surfing the web, the Internet is clearly the television of the 21st century, an electronic drug that often yanks us away from the physical world.
Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder. Mood disorders are broadly divided into unipolar disorder and bipolar disorder. Read more about the difference between bipolar and unipolar disorder .
Image from: Alzheimer's Association Researchers Sanchez et al. from the Gladstone Institute, University of California San Franciso and Washington University School of Medicine discovered that an FDA-approved anti-convulsant medication used to treat epilepsy (levetiracetam) can also reverse memory loss in addition to reducing other Alzheimer’s related symptoms in a mouse model of the disease. Alzheimer’s is currently the most common form of dementia (memory loss) representing 50-80% of cases. It is a disease that worsens over time. Although there are available medications to help slow the progression of the disease or lessen the symptoms, there is currently no cure. Presently, an estimated 5.4 million people have Alzheimer’s disease in the United States and this number is expected to rise.
Psychology as we know it is a relatively young science, but since its inception it has helped us to gain a greater understanding of ourselves and our interactions with the world. Many psychological experiments have been valid and ethical, allowing researchers to make new treatments and therapies available, and giving other insights into our motivations and actions. Sadly, others have ended up backfiring horribly — ruining lives and shaming the profession.
The laboratory of Huda Zoghbi, where the discovery that mutations in the gene MECP2 cause the severe childhood neurological disorder Rett Syndrome was made, has taken yet another step toward unraveling the complex epigenetic functions of this gene, implicated also in cases of autism, bipolar disease and childhood onset schizophrenia. The November 11 issue of Nature reports that removing MECP2 from a small group of neurons that typically make the inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA, recapitulates many symptoms of Rett as well as numerous neuropsychiatric disorders. The identification of the genetic basis of Rett allowed the development of a number of mouse models of the disorder, accurately reproducing the range of symptoms seen in humans. These are considered to be among the best existing models of neurological disease.
Mental illnesses can be terrifying, and regardless of if you or someone you know is suffering from it, it can cause confusion and feelings of uncertainty in what to do. Even scarier than a normal mental illness are those that spark delusions or hallucinations. It can be difficult to know what to think when put up against them, but your first step should be to understand them. There is often confusion between Hallucinations and Delusions.
Mental health professionals usually define hearing voices as a symptom of medical illness. Many people who hear voices are able to live with them and may consider them a positive part of their lives. Many people hear voices but never find them a problem or need to seek help from mental health services. What is it like to hear voices? It is difficult to explain what it is like to hear voices, particularly if you have never heard voices yourself.
I would like to preface this article with the statement that I support this topic and think we need to discuss this more often. This article was written by our friends Alicia and Mike at Pamela Farms , and I am sure it touches home for a lot of folks. So let’s talk about this more and see what we can do to take care of those when needed. It is no secret that within the world in which we live, mental health issues from mild to severe and everything in between are not uncommon. Chances are very high that if you or a member of your immediate family are not suffering from some form of mental illness, there is at least someone in your close circle of friends and/or extended family who is.
<a href="http://www.bidvertiser.com/bdv/BidVertiser/bdv_xml_feed.dbm">search feed</a> ABC 20/20 briefly explain on this documentary the symptoms of schizophrenia and what is the causes and treatment of this type of paranoid mental disorder. New computer simulation that allows you to go inside the brain of a schizophrenic.
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers have discovered new genes linked to schizophrenia, it has been revealed. In two papers published in Nature today (July 30), scientists identify four mutated gene regions that may hold the key to producing new tailor-made drugs to treat the devastating mental illness. It is hoped the finds, which are likely to galvanize the field of psychiatric genetics, could also lead to earlier diagnosis of the disorder, which affects around one in every 100 people. The papers report the findings from two large international schizophrenia consortia, including pioneering Scottish researchers from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. "Lots more work needs to be done, but what these discoveries will do is help us start to classify the sub-types of the illness so that individualised, targeted medicine is possible in the future," said Professor St Clair, Chair in Mental Health at the University of Aberdeen, and an author on both papers.
One curious research finding, which has been confirmed by several major studies in five-year follow ups, shows that about 64 per cent of people in third world countries recover fully after a first schizophrenic breakdown. Yet the comparative figures for the developed world show that only about 18 per cent recover fully. By looking at these findings from the human givens perspective, however, we can deduce some very significant things from them.
Over a century ago, famed Swiss psychiatrist Paul Eugen Bleuler invented the term “schizophrenia” to classify the mental illness whose symptoms included auditory and visual hallucinations, catatonia, paranoia, and disorganized thoughts in hopes that we would stop calling sufferers “bat-shit crazy” and find a way to actually treat them. Since then, science has developed medications to treat the symptoms, but the underlying causes are still unknown, and media depictions of schizophrenics are often dismissive and outrageously negative. To get a read on how accurate Hollywood’s portrayal of mental illness is, I asked four gentlemen diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar and schizoaffective disorders to watch some films that prominently feature medically “crazy” characters.
The perturbation of everyday consciousness reduces the filtering system and presents a scale of consciousness that spans from schizophrenic to mystic. This transnormal impact of consciousness if interpreted adequately by the rational mind is then called mystic revelation. If however the rational mind is off kilter then ones interpretation is called schizophrenic. When we penetrate beyond everyday consciousness we are both more animal-essential and more Godlike-omnipotent.