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Extractions: The word schizophrenia is less than 100 years old, but the illness has probably accompanied mankind through its history. Schizophrenia can be traced in written documents to the old Pharaonic Egypt, as far back as the second millennium before Christ. Depression, dementia, as well as thought disturbances found in schizophrenia are described in detail in the Book of Hearts. This book is part of the Eber papyrus, named after the German Egyptologist Georg Ebers, who bought and published the papyrus in the 19th century. Heart and mind seem to have been synonymous in ancient Egypt. The psychical illnesses were regarded as symptoms of the heart and the uterus and originating from the blood vessels or from purulence, fecal matter, a poison or demons. In most cases the Egyptians apparently looked upon the mental diseases as physical illnesses. Temple sleep therapy The treatment comprised temple sleep, also called incubation. The ill persons spent the night in a holy place. Before falling asleep they were influenced by suggestions, in the hope of provoking dreams sent by the gods. The dreams were interpreted by priests and priestesses, who used them to get knowledge about the illnesses and curing of these. Incantations and prayers were uttered to bring forth the healing powers of the gods. The incantations included remedies of medical herbs and substances that were part of the therapy.
Extractions: Where are the thousands of former mental patients who got "Weller Than Well?" (Karl Menninger quote, questions raised.) The "Weller Than Well" Project. Help us contact psychiatric survivors who had a breakthrough, not a breakdown, people who were transformed to a better level by their experience. Were you made stronger and better by a brush with psychiatry? (Leave messages and comments here.) The Minds of Psychiatrists Research Project Critical Issues the Media Ignores During "Mental Health Month" Every May A Special Message for Families and Friends of Someone Diagnosed as Having Schizophrenia A Beautiful Mind The story of Nobel prize winner John Forbes Nash, Jr. proves that psychiatrists are wrong about schizophrenia being a brain disease like Alzheimers and Parkinson's. However, the movie about Nash, a
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Extractions: How Family and Friends Can Help Schizophrenia, one of the most debilitating and baffling mental illnesses, defines a group of disorders that cause distorted thought and perception. Thoughts can be scrambled or jump from subject to subject. Perceptions can be distorted beyond reality, causing people to see or hear things that are not there. People with schizophrenia go through periods of getting better and worse - remission and relapse. They can go for long periods of time without any symptoms, but because schizophrenia is often a chronic illness, it requires ongoing medical attention, like hypertension or diabetes.
Extractions: Web posted at: 10:51 p.m. EDT (0251 GMT) ATLANTA (CNN) Names such as Russell Weston Jr., Theodore Kaczynski and John Hinckley Jr. evoke a frightening image of schizophrenia. But more often than not, that image is not accurate for many who suffer from the disorder. Charlie Chastain said most people are surprised to find out he has schizophrenia. He developed the tell-tale signs of the brain disease when he was 15. "He became paranoid, very paranoid, and believe it or not, that's a very hard thing to discover in a child," said his mother, Mary Ella Chastain. "When they start staying in their room, you don't necessarily know that they think people are outside the windows trying to get in." Chastain's parents were told to expect the worst.
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Extractions: CLINICAL BRAIN DISORDERS BRANCH Homepage Who can participate? What do I have to do? ... How can I get involved? Schizophrenia is a complex brain disorder affecting thoughts and perceptions. This illness affects at least 1% of the population worldwide, regardless of race, economic condition, or geographic location. Families who have one member of the family ill with schizophrenia have a greater chance of developing this illness than families who have no relative with this illness. The scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health believe that environmental factors combined with genetic predisposition lead to the development of schizophrenia. The NIMH genetic studies focus on gathering families' genetic and environmental information to better understand what places one family member at risk and conversely, what protects other family members. To this end, family members are asked to participate in a number of procedures that help scientists measure various family characteristics to see if they run in families. Genotyping, or DNA analysis, is an important part of this process. However, families should understand that this is a very complex analysis and NIMH does not plan to provide family members with individual genetic test results. The scientists believe that future treatments and preventive methods will rely heavily on the findings of this developing study. It is for this reason that we ask families to participate. Hundreds of families are needed. The staff at NIMH invites you and your family to review this website and welcome you to call us for more information.
Extractions: Web posted at: 6:47 p.m. EDT (2247 GMT) From CNN Medical Correspondent Dr. Steve Salvatore NEW YORK (CNN) Schizophrenia is a rare and often misunderstood disease. It is not what many think it is split or multiple personalities. The brain disorder affects about 1 percent of the world's population, including 4 million Americans. Doctors don't know exactly what causes schizophrenia, but they believe it is a combination of biological, genetic, chemical and environmental factors. Schizophrenia strikes both men and women equally, usually starting in the late teens and early 20s. Symptoms can start and disappear quickly or gradually. The symptoms vary greatly from person to person and the disease is often linked to other problems, such as substance abuse or paranoia. Many patients have trouble distinguishing between what is real and what they perceive as reality.
The Dopamine Hypothesis Of Schizophrenia One page article that addresses the theory of increased levels of dopamine inpatients who have symptoms of schizophrenia. Bibliography included. http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro98/202s98-paper2/Frederickson2.html
Extractions: This paper reflects the research and thoughts of a student at the time the paper was written for a course at Bryn Mawr College. Like other materials on Serendip , it is not intended to be "authoritative" but rather to help others further develop their own explorations. Web links were active as of the time the paper was posted but are not updated Contribute Thoughts Search Serendip for Other Papers Serendip Home Page Biology 202 ... On Serendip Schizophrenia is a disease that has plagued societies around the world for centuries, although it was not given its formal name until 1911. It is characterized by the presence of positive and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms are so named because of the presence of altered behaviors, such as delusions, hallucinations (usually auditory), extreme emotions, excited motor activity, and incoherent thoughts and speech. In contrast, negative symptoms are described as a lack of behaviors, such as emotion, speech, social interaction, and action. These symptoms are by no means concrete. Not all schizophrenic patients will exhibit all or even a majority of these symptoms, and there is some disagreement in the psychiatric community as to the exact diagnostic criteria. In addition, there is a great deal of debate as to the causes of the disease. While some proposed causes have been proven false, such as bad parenting and poor will power
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Extractions: What are the Symptoms of Schizophrenia? What Causes It? How is It Treated? ... The Center for Mental Health Services Schizophrenia is the most chronic and disabling of the severe mental disorders. More than 2 million Americans are affected by schizophrenia. Contrary to the common misconception, schizophrenia does not mean "split or multiple personality." And, although people with schizophrenia often are portrayed as violent on television and in movies, that is seldom the case. In fact, people with schizophrenia are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators, and they tend to be shy and socially withdrawn. The illness, which may impair a person's ability to manage emotions, interact with others, and think clearly, typically develops in the late teens or early twenties. Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, disordered thinking, and social withdrawal. Most people with schizophrenia continue to suffer chronically or episodically throughout their lives. Even between bouts of active illness, lost opportunities for careers and relationships, stigma, residual symptoms, and medication side effects often plague those with the illness. One of every 10 people with schizophrenia eventually commits suicide.
Extractions: Web posted at: 6:45 a.m. EST (1145 GMT) From Medical Correspondent Rhonda Rowland BOSTON (CNN) Where and when children are born may play a role in whether they develop schizophrenia in later life, according to the results of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Danish researchers found that children born in an urban or suburban area, rather than a rural area, and those born in February or March had an increased risk of schizophrenia, a puzzling and disabling brain disorder that runs in families. The new research suggests that environmental factors, as well as genetics, may play a role in schizophrenia. "I think the important finding from this study is, yes genes are important, but environmental factors are at least as important," said Dr. E. Fuller Torrey of the Stanley Foundation Research Programs. "And we probably haven't paid enough attention to them."
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Extractions: Inside DrKoop News Archive Animations Health Videos Health Tools ... Newsletters Injury Disease Nutrition Poison ... Prevention Definition: Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder. It is a disease that makes it difficult for a person to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses to others, and to behave normally in social situations. Causes, incidence, and risk factors: Schizophrenia is a complex and puzzling illness. Even the experts in the field are not exactly sure what causes it. Some doctors think that the brain may not be able to process information correctly. Genetic factors appear to play a role, as people who have family members with schizophrenia may be more likely to get the disease themselves. Some researchers believe that events in a person's environment may trigger schizophrenia. For example, problems during intrauterine development (infection) and birth may increase the risk for developing schizophrenia later in life. Psychological and social factors may also play some role in its development. However, the level of social and familial support appears to influence the course of illness and may be protective against relapse.
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Extractions: pdf version At first glance, schizophrenia may seem like a great puzzle. Its causes are still uncertain; its symptoms, variable. Striking most often in the 16 to 30 year age group, affecting an estimated one person in a hundred, it is youth's greatest disabler. But if it is a puzzle, it's one that is slowly being solved. New pieces are continually falling into place. Consider what we have learned about its symptoms. SYMPTOMS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA Schizophrenia often starts slowly. When the symptoms first appear, usually in adolescence or early adulthood, they may seem more bewildering than serious. In the early stages, people with schizophrenia may find themselves losing the ability to relax, concentrate or sleep. They may start to shut long-time friends out of their lives. Work or school begins to suffer; so does their personal appearance. During this time, there may be one or more episodes where they talk in ways that may be difficult to understand and/or start having unusual perceptions.
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Extractions: Schizophrenia is a serious brain disease. It affects people all over the world. Unlike some illnesses, the rates of schizophrenia are the same from state to state and from country to country. Whether you live in Arkansas or Zimbabwe, the statistic is the same: about 1 in every 100 people has schizophrenia. In the United States, this brain disease often appears earlier in men, by about three to four years. Otherwise, schizophrenia affects men and women equally. About seventy-five percent of people who get schizophrenia become ill between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people who later develop schizophrenia may have seemed "different" from other children at an early age. It is unusual for someone to get sick with schizophrenia after age thirty. A long time ago people had wrong thoughts about schizophrenia. They thought that schizophrenia was "all in someone's head." Today, we know the truth about schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a brain "disease." There are differences, deep within the brain, of some people with schizophrenia. People who research schizophrenia found this out by taking detailed pictures of the brain. What still is a mystery is why people get schizophrenia. Researchers think that