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“Major Neurological Conditions Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds”

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This February 8, 2018 article found on the NPR website in the section called “The Two-way breaking news” talks about a study done that seems to show indications that Autism, Schizophrenia, and Bi-polar Disorder share some commonalities on a molecular level.  The article also mentions Major Depression, and Addiction Disorder as also being looked at in this study.  They are hoping that this study will lead to better, more effective treatments for people with mental illnesses.  They compared brain samples from people known to have a mental illness to samples from people who did not have a mental illness the samples were all taken postmortem so no living people were included in the study, but for me, this study gives me hope that not only will science continue to find more measurable evidence that mental illness is indeed real to show those who claim that mental illness it not real.  Beyond that though it gives me hope that better treatments that are more precise in targeting the underlying problem will be developed and that perhaps in 50 years (preferably less than that) from now people will have access to those treatments and some will look back and recognize the work that scientists did today and in previous decades as having helped to lay the groundwork that gave them better, safer, and more effective treatments.  On the other hand though 50 years from now, people will likely view today’s treatments as somewhat barbaric, because that’s how history works.

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“Schizophrenia Tied to Much Higher Risk of Suicide Attempts”

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This February 18, 2016 HealthDay article found on the Philly.com website talks about research on 101 Canadians who had been diagnosed with Schizophrenia in which it was found that there was an increased risk of suicide attempts within the group than seen elsewhere.

“‘She’s OCD!’ ‘He’s Schizo!’ How Misused Health Lingo Can Harm”

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This December 29, 2014 NBC News article raises the question of whether or not words can hurt.

“All Kinds of Minds”

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This page on the TED talks website contains 9 videos about mental illness, and includes ideas about how music can help people, ECT, what it’s like to hear voices, and other related topics.

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“How schizophrenia starts”

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This article from The Inquirer found on the Philly.com website talks about current, ongoing, research being done into Schizophrenia, its causes, and wether or not there are early signs of it that have been overlooked.  The research is also looking at the effect that fish oil has on Schizophrenia

“Stigma: Breaking the cycle of mental health perception”

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This November 2, 2014 Herald-Standard article talks about breaking the common perceptions of mental health issues and includes a video about a couple of people and their history, accomplishments, and goals.

“Radically different approach to hearing voices aims to empower those affected”

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This October 24, 2014 NewsWorks article talks about an approach to treating people who hear voices that goes against the traditional thinking of not discussing the voices with the person.  The program is being used in Philadelphia.

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