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IN A world first that could bring hope to thousands of schizophrenics, Melbourne scientists have discovered that a form of the disease is linked to a lack of certain proteins in the brain's lining.
The breakthrough, by scientists from the Mental Research Health Institute in Parkville, is being compared to the discovery that type 1 and type 2 diabetes were separate diseases requiring different treatments.
"But we have shown that 25 per cent of people who have schizophrenia have lost 80 per cent of a protein in their brain known as muscarinic M1 receptor.
The genetically engineered mice are important players in science's effort to understand the vast and sometimes subtle influences of serotonin. The brain chemical helps regulate lots of processes, such as sleep, memory, learning and awareness. '___' users' vivid hallucinations occur when that drug blocks serotonin activity, leading some researchers to suggest serotonin helps keep people sane. It's also been implicated in a dizzying array of disorders, including depression, excessive anxiety and aggression, addiction, bulimia, autism, schizophrenia and sudden infant death syndrome.
Originally posted by Solomons
I have an uncle who has schizophrenia,its one of the most terrible things to see..when i first learned about it i was pretty young 14 or 15.Although he had had it for a year or so before that.We were sitting watching the matrix and he kept thinking it was saying *ian*(his name) instead of neo..he looked fine to me at the time but went downstairs grabbed a knife and started accusing everyone of spying on him,threatening to stab people etc etc had to call the police,he was sent to a mental institution for 7/8 months or so.Family members tried to help him for a good 3 years after this but his mental health deterioated and he stopped seeing his mental health worker and taking medication.Right now he's homeless,has a huge scar down the front of his face(from god knows what) and is very very violent.He lives in a town local to me(about three miles away) you see him walking about asking for change,raiding bins etc..its a terrible terrible illness.And there nothing i can do,or family,he has completely lost it in every way imaginable so its hard to see him,but he doesnt even know who i am anymore..completely deatched.My uncle was a bloody smart guy..went to university got all his shiny credentials.Shows you what it can do to a person so this breakthrough is welcomed with open arms.
Originally posted by Donnie Darko
That is so sad.
people have to remember these people are not monsters, it is not their fault ....
Nevertheless I believe stage style psychology “exorcisms” could do an invaluable service (with power as greater or greater than most psychiatric drugs) if individuals recovering from certain mental illnesses (schizophrenia-depression being a prime example) were informed of their potential value.
Romans 1:28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
Mat 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
Mark 5:2-20 ...there met him [Jesus] out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand) and were choked in the sea.
I can understand everything that schizophrenics go through because I have the same kind of thoughts, but I also have a calming protocol that is, to this point in my life, ironclad.
It's very interesting to note that schizophrenia rates have climbed 15-20x in the last 200 years. Reports of insanity were about 5/10,000 all throughout history preindustrial revolution, where today its nearly 1/100.