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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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“‘Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'”

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This August 17, 2015 WESA Pittsburgh NPR segment talks about studies being done to see if there is a way to utilize video game technology to help with treating mental health issues such as ADHD or Depression.  The idea of using games to treat mental health disorders could be a reality … it just seems that it may take some time for policies and approval rates to catch up to the technology.

“Stimulant treatment for ADHD may also reduce smoking risk”

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This May 12, 2014 article found on the MNT website talks about a possible link between treating kids who have ADHD with stimulants and a decreased risk of starting smoking.  While researchers aren’t clear on why this connection exists and feel more research is needed to figure out the link, they do feel there is some connection between the two things even if they don’t understand it yet.

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“Mental illness affects 1 in 5 U.S. adults”

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This December 3, 2012 article on the MyFoxPhilly.com website talks about the rate of mental illness in the United states based on studies conducted involving Americans age 12 and older.

 

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