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  • Busting The Myth: Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia?

    Busting The Myth: Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia?1

    Don’t be so quick to throw out your feline companions I have to admit that as an animal lover, I was biased when I approached this research. A post titled “Cats = Schizophrenia” appeared on my Facebook page and my first though was “Bollocks! What is the science behind this?!” My search began. Looney premises

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  • ‘Mental Illness’ Isn’t all About Brain Chemistry

    ‘Mental Illness’ Isn’t all About Brain Chemistry0

    Do you believe ‘mental illness’ is all about brain chemistry? Do you believe ‘mental illness’ is all about brain chemistry? It wouldn’t be surprising if you did, because this is the message we regularly receive about various forms of troublesome feelings, thoughts and behaviour. The publication of the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) reinforced

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  • What is Foreign Accent Syndrome?

    What is Foreign Accent Syndrome?1

    Foreign accent syndrome is caused by brain damage. In the past few days, a great deal of media attention has been paid to Leanne Rowe, a Tasmanian woman who has lived eight years with a French accent she acquired after a car accident. This phenomenon is known as foreign accent syndrome, a rare disorder that

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  • How Dangerous Is a Paranoid Schizophrenic?

    How Dangerous Is a Paranoid Schizophrenic?2

    Are you really at risk of attack by someone with schizophrenia? A violent attack by someone who is mentally ill quickly grabs the headlines. And it’s usually implied that mental illnesses are a preventable cause of violent crime. Tackle that and we can all sleep safer in our beds. But by pressuring mental health services to

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  • A New Reliable Blood Test Can Detect Depression

    A New Reliable Blood Test Can Detect Depression0

    “If we can make the correct diagnosis the healing can begin”, recalcitrant medical expert Andrew Weil carefully formulated in a critical blog in the Huffington Post. That quote exposes one of the challenges for the treatment of depression, a very prevalent mental illness. To clarify, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that approximately 350 million

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  • Depression: Watch Out For Contagion

    Depression: Watch Out For Contagion0

    Depressed students increase the chances of friends to also get depressed If you’re vulnerable to depression it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have certain unlucky genes or just experienced a traumatic event.  What also makes you vulnerable for the mental disorder is the way you think. And even if you don’t yet have this style of

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