It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by Eyeofhorus
Percentages and data can be fabricated.
There is no such thing as "mental illness," it is not a illness, nor a condition, it is completely natural. The only thing that separates my brain from the brain of a "mentally ill" person, is that my thoghts are in a format that can be comprehended by most people who i communicate with.
You know those times when you are trying to explain something to a friend and you just cannot get them to "see it" or understand your idea? Now imagine if nobody was able to understand you. Every time you tried to communicate with them through what you saw as a logical pattern, they would look at you funny or walk away. This is how it is for a "mentally ill" person.
Originally posted by lightseeker
Thank you, Dr. Eyeofhorus, for your scientific and professional opinion.
Would you mind, terribly, backing up your assertions with scientific or clinical documentation? Failing that, I would have to assume that you are doing nothing but making rash generalizations based on your own biases and preconceptions.
Please, do your research and know what you are talking about before you make blanket statements about a particular group of people. Thank you.
Originally posted by Eyeofhorus
3.) The Atkins diet. People who chose to remove all sugars from thier diet are destined for bad things...Anytime there is a major change in the diet the body undergoes a "shock" and has to adjust. If sugars are removed, your moods, metabolism, and chemical balance will be affected. Removing sugars can create moodiness and grogginess, as well as very suggestable people.
"The body must also break down its own muscle tissue to provide the brain and red blood cells with glucose, a required nutrient," Cox says. "Muscle tissue holds water, and when lost, results in a significant amount of weight loss."
From: The Atkins Diet Can Cause Depression, by Mark Prigg, Daily Mail, reported in the UK Therapists Newsletter, March 5, 2004.
The Atkins diet is at the centre of fresh controversy after scientists said it could cause depression and mood swings. Medical experts have found that the diet blocks the brain's ability to produce chemicals that keep us happy.
This refers to a direct pharmacological effect. There is no doubt that this occurs both with stimulants (Connell, 1958; Bell, 1965; Satel et al, 1991) and cannabis (Mathers & Ghodse, 1992). It probably also occurs with solvents, ecstasy and Iysergic acid diethylamide ('___'). Such states may persist for several days; it is not commonly appreciated that some of these substances have extremely long half lives. For example, amphetamine may persist in measurable quantities in the urine for up to 48 hours after a single small dose, and cannabinoids, even excluding active metabolites, persist in measurable quantities for up to 6 weeks.
Smoking cannabis virtually doubles the risk of developing mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, researchers say.
The New Zealand scientists said their study suggested this was probably due to chemical changes in the brain which resulted from smoking the drug.
US Federal laws designed to identify and treat learning disabled children are serving as a powerful incentive for public schools to over-diagnose and medicate children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a panel has told an education subcommittee of Congress.
Yet when it comes to mental illness, society has not caught up to science.
"The world's history has been one of fear and misunderstanding and superstition around mental illnesses," said Michael Faenza, president of the National Mental Health Association. "There's still a lot of misunderstanding. About half the folks out there think that mental illnesses are problems that have to do withcharacter and self-discipline.
Depressive disorders encompass major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is included because people with this illness have depressive episodes as well as manic episodes.
Approximately 18.8 million American adults,5 or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year,1 have a depressive disorder.
Nearly twice as many women (12.0 percent) as men (6.6 percent) are affected by a depressive disorder each year. These figures translate to 12.4 million women and 6.4 million men in the U.S.5
Depressive disorders may be appearing earlier in life in people born in recent decades compared to the past.6
Depressive disorders often co-occur with anxiety disorders and substance abuse.7
Originally posted by BillHicksRules
It is my experience that those who do not use some sort of stimulant on a regular basis are seen as having a problem.
Originally posted by eazy_mas
Maybe the lifestyle
Mentally illness usually becaue most amercains best friend is the media and are anit-social