Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mental illness can drive you crazy

 Recent news is that Aaron Alexis was delusional– i.e., paranoid, as discussed in a previous post.  The sad thing is, he apparently never got any help. But the other sad thing is, there were apparently several incidents– a whole pattern … Continue reading

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Play Music

 http://www.salon.com/2013/09/25/musicians_make_sharper_thinkers_partner/?source=newsletter Ever think it would be good to learn to play a musical instrument? You’re right. Neuroscience supports it, and it’s fun, and you can entertain your friends. ‘Nuff said. And it keeps you sane(r). I’d write more, but I’m … Continue reading

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Help! I Think I’m Paranoid!

No you’re not. This is one of the places where the old adage, “If you think you’re crazy, it proves you’re not” actually holds some water. In “Real Hallucinations” I pointed out an example of a neurological disorder where people … Continue reading

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“Real” Hallucinations

Colored positron emission tomography scan (PET scan) of the brain of a patient with schizophrenia who is experiencing a hallucination. Highlighted areas show brain activity. The patient’s hallucination consisted of heads that spoke to him. The active areas of the … Continue reading

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Schizophrenia

It’s fascinating to me that the director of NIMH should post on his blog that getting people off anti-psychotic medication may actually help them: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2013/antipsychotics-taking-the-long-view.shtml Especially right as the news is filled with the story of someone who was schizophrenic– … Continue reading

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Suicide

 Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in people age ten and older in the United States. http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/statistics/leading_causes.html It is also, some would say, the ultimate mental health challenge. When a mental illness is life threatening, this is the … Continue reading

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Psychedelics

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/08/19/213550995/study-finds-no-link-between-hallucinogens-and-mental-problems   I’m still getting caught up from being gone so much in August.   I thought it was interesting that a study didn’t find any links between hallucinogens– more properly called psychedelics because they mostly don’t cause hallucinations– and … Continue reading

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