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What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem as though they have lost touch with reality, which can be distressing for them and for their family and friends. What are the symptoms of schizophrenia? It’s important to recognize the symptoms of schizophrenia and seek help as early as possible. Schizophrenia symptoms can differ from person to person, but they generally fall into three main categories: psychotic, negative, and cognitive. Psychotic symptoms Psychotic symptoms include changes in the way a person thinks, acts, and experiences the world. Hallucinations: When a person sees, hears, smells, tastes, or feels things that are not actually there. Negative symptoms Negative symptoms include loss of motivation, loss of interest or enjoyment in daily activities, withdrawal from social life, difficulty showing emotions, and difficulty functioning normally. Cognitive symptoms Genetics.

schizophrenia diagnosis With all the advances in medicine today, there are many different screening and detection tests which can be done for the majority of medical conditions. These include things such as blood tests, MRIs, and biopsies. Unfortunately, the same is not true for psychiatric disorders at this point in time. Since schizophrenia is generally considered the most serious of all psychiatric disorders, much research is being done to find ways to detect or screen for the disorder before it develops. The value of lab tests However, it is important to keep in mind that what various lab tests can do is to rule out medical disorders or substances which may be causing symptoms which mimic schizophrenia. Arriving at a diagnosis In order to determine a diagnosis of schizophrenia, a healthcare professional will interview and observe the patient, as well as family members or friends (if available) to get a full clinical picture. Research on other types of schizophrenia screening tests Blood serum Smell References

The Best American Science Writing | New York Journal of Books “Each author has in common a sense of wonder and amazement. All articles are short, 5 to 20 pages, and each is a potato chip, you can’t read just one.” The articles in this compilation are each wonderful, amazing, excellent. . . . How many superlatives can I use? The editor’s foreword provides an exemplary sample of what’s contained within: “Science writing isn’t always easy to define, because it comes from many different fields, angles and experiences. Sometimes the science is overt, sometimes subtle, an essential backdrop to a larger human story.” Each author has in common a sense of wonder and amazement. “The Mess He Made” by Michael S. “What Broke My Father’s Heart” by Katy Butler: A heartrending story of what happens when the heart outlasts the brain. “Mother Courage” by John Colapinto: When muscular dystrophy is diagnosed in her sons, a mother turns into an advocate, leading to the 2000 MD Care Act. “The Singularity” by Carl Zimmer. “The Convenant” by Peter J.

Daily News Blog: Stress of Immigration and Discrimination a Risk Factor for Schizophrenia? Stress of Immigration and Discrimination a Risk Factor for Schizophrenia? New research suggests a connection between the stress of immigration and an increased risk for schizophrenia. That is, researchers have found that the immigrant experience increases the likelihood of developing schizophrenia. The study appears in this month's issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Researcher Wim Veling of Dutch mental health care provider Parnassia Navo Group found that the chances of developing schizophrenia doubled for Surinamese and Turks and multiplied by four for Moroccans if they lived in mixed Dutch-migrant residential areas. Veiling believes that there is a connection between developing schizophrenia and having increased exposure to locals. The press release from the one of the groups involved in the study said: Neighborhood ethnic density was assessed and investigated at the time of first treatment contact. Posted by: heywood at December 18, 2007 04:17 PM

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paranoid schizophrenia - Family and schizophrenia; dealing with common symptoms Dr. Peter Weiden of St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital wrote an article with Dr. Leston Havens that appeared in the May'95 issue of Hospital and Community Psychiatry. Individuals with schizophrenia often develop five symptoms that are difficult for the individual, parents, brothers, sisters, professionals and others to deal with. The following, edited from an article by Dr. 6 steps to handling paranoia 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. A consumer in the midst of a paranoid state often cannot tolerate psychoeducation, as he or she is unable to acknowledge to others the existence of a psychotic illness. How to help with denial of illness If psychotic, treat the individual: If the denial represents a symptom of an acute psychotic episode, the consumer should be managed as an acute relapse with hospitalization and/or increased medication. Avoid Overzealous Attack on Denial Provide Alternative Explanations. If denial has to be addressed, it should be addressed indirectly. Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Reassure

The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind | New York Journal of Books An old adage warns against judging a book by its cover, but a title should avoid being a miscue to the prospective reader. In this case, unfortunately, the title could do just that. Besides coming off as slightly condescending, the choice of title for this book simply does not do justice to the contents. Rather than offering the implied simple-minded, overly optimistic, portrait of how much brainier you can appear to your friends when you finally grow up and reach serious-minded middle-age status, this book takes the reader on a solid scientific tour of current research into how the human brain actually ages—something heretofore largely ignored and poorly understood. In fact, we are in the midst of a revolution in understanding how the brain works and how it develops during our lifetime. The long-standing view that the brain deteriorates with age, like our skin and muscles, has been convincingly overturned in recent years and on many levels.

Hans de Zwart: Technology as a Solution… Quick Lessons From Losing an iPad « Hans de Zwart: Technology as a Solution… A couple of weeks ago I forgot my iPad on the train. After getting over the initial overwhelming feelings of idiocy on my part, I started thinking a bit deeper about the consequences and whether I had taken sensible precautions to mitigate those consequences. The Problems A couple of problems dawned on me: I had lost something that is quite valuable (one colleague told me with some measure of sincerity: “Nice gift for somebody else”. The Solutions So here is my advice on how to minimize these problems. Fully insure your device (I had actually done this). Find my iPadApple provides a free Find my iPad service. To finish the story: a couple of days after I lost my iPad I called the railway company to see if they had some news for me (I had asked them to try and locate it as soon as I realized it was missing). Like this: Like Loading...

Why I Have(n’t) Deleted my Facebook Account « Hans de Zwart: Technology as a Solution… Arjen Vrielink and I write a monthly series titled: Parallax. We both agree on a title for the post and on some other arbitrary restrictions to induce our creative process. Some people would consider Facebook a threat to the open Internet (e.g. Facebook or no Facebook? For a couple of months now my pragmatic side has been battling with my principled conscience. Why I will delete my Facebook account There are three main problems with Facebook: It creates a silo-ed version of the web . Why I will not delete my Facebook account There are a couple of good reasons for me to keep a Facebook account: They are past the tipping point . <a href=" Our Poll</a> Anyway, for me it is clear: I don’t want to be a part of Facebook’s success and would prefer it if we all would be using a differently architected solution in the near future.

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I, Lamont: My online math class: Convenience gets an 'A,' but at what cost? So I'm going to business school. It's an intense, full-time, on-campus program at MIT Sloan. However, before school started, a handful of us who don't have science, finance, or engineering backgrounds were asked to take an online precalculus course at another institution. It's an understandable requirement. You have a patent on a drug that has been approved for sale in the U.S. That was actually one of the easier questions using a standard economics equation with price, marginal cost, and elasticity variables. So why not stick with the concepts covered in the GMAT, which is intended for people heading to business school? The online precalc class I took was not through MIT, but rather through a well-regarded public university's continuing education division. So, how was the class? The curriculum was standard. The convenience was great. I worked very hard at the online precalculus class, and did very well in the homework, tests, and final. But there were drawbacks, too.

I, Lamont: MBA math review I've been doing a lot of MBA math prep over the past four months. I started with a Barron's GMAT guide, then switched over to the Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook , which was better for algebra and geometry review. But when it comes time to complete actual coursework, more advanced mathematical and statistics concepts will be required. The author and narrator of this and hundreds of other videos on math, science, and business-related topics is Salman Khan. These topics won't be news to students with Wall Street backgrounds. It's an admirable goal, and I thank Sal for sharing his knowledge with the world in this manner. Update: Since writing this post, I have taken an online math class for credit, and have this to say about the online education experience: My online math class: Convenience gets an 'A,' but at what cost?

Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on a PC using VMware Many computer shoppers choose to buy a Mac not only to use OS X, but Windows as well. That is one strong advantage that Macs have in the Mac vs PC war. Apple computers are capable of running Windows, either through Bootcamp or virtual machines. So, why aren’t Windows PC’s capable of running OS X? Well, Windows PC’s are capable of running OS X. *In order for this to work, your computer must have a processor that supports virtualization. But, don’t expect to not get errors if you are using an older Pentium 4 machine. Because we will be installing OS X on top of Windows through a virtual machine, the first step is to get some virtual machine software. If you do not feel like purchasing Workstation 7 at this time, you can get a limited trial here. Upon download, go ahead and install Workstation 7 onto your computer. One thing to note, when it asks your if you want to do a custom install or a typical install, choose typical install. Time to start installing Snow Leopard. Select File > Open.

Snow Leopard in VMware Windows 7 The following step by step guide will help you in installing Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard as a guest virtual machine in Windows 7. You’ll need to have a system with an Intel processor which supports hardware virtualization, original OS X Snow Leopard retail disk, VMware Workstation 7 and Windows 7, Vista or XP installed as host operating system. If you meet all these requirements, you can then install OS X Snow Leopard as a VM under Windows and can enjoy the best of both worlds. Note: We don’t in anyway encourage downloading Apple software via file-sharing / torrent sites and run it in an virtualized environment under Windows. This guide is for informational purposes only. If you like OS X Snow Leopard, Get a Mac. Step 1: Download and install VMware Workstation 7. Step 2: Download pre-made modified version of Snow Leopard.vmdk and darwin_snow.iso files required to get this thing to work. Step 5: Now power on the virtual machine and hit “F8” key. Step 9: Once the installation is completed.