Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Bipolar Disorder, and Others

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• schizophrenia 
• Alzheimer’s disease
• autism
• PTSD
• Parkinson’s disease
• bipolar disorder
• epilepsy
• stroke
• depression
• panic disorder
• multiple sclerosis
• migraine
• ADHD

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Schizophrenia

We explain schizophrenia, what causes it, what it is, and early signs that it might be starting. We go into later symptoms as it continues and worsens and discuss how long it lasts and whether a person can stop their medications. We provide descriptions of the “negative symptoms” of schizophrenia, different from the usual positive symptoms everyone knows about. And, schizophrenia is different in men and women. In addition, there’s a page on treatments for schizophrenia that’s also a free page.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease remains a medical mystery despite everyone feeling that we know a lot about it. We do know the early warning signs and the symptoms that are the main problems in Alzheimer’s. It’s interesting to know that Alzheimer’s symptoms are different for women and men. And while medical science might be confused about what causes it, the science is more certain about ways to minimize the risk of getting it.

And here’s a link to a heartwarming but sad poem about dementia, “My Own Blood”. We think you’ll like it. It’ll make you smile and cry at the same time.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a strange one, the medical condition that used to be called manic depression. The mood state of mania proves one unusual point: yes, you really can feel too good. Bipolar disorder is treatable, with many, many effective medications that all have good safety records.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder, while frightening when it first appears (scare you damn to death!), it’s not fatal and it really is readily treatable. Those panic attacks (real super bad anxiety attacks) can be quieted. What works fastest and best is a combination of medication and therapy or medication and just education. And getting it treated should be no problem. It’s a well understood medical condition. There are many good treatments, many medications, and many highly effective therapies. You can learn to calm the panic attacks and not let them worry you.

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Depression

When we talk about depression, we mean the real deal, serious clinical medical depression. It’s a whole different mental state than what we all know as the “Sunday afternoon blues”. The good news is that serious depression, even long-standing, treatment-resistant depression, can be treated much more easily and readily these days. We have new tools, better than in the past. But understand that while the medications we have for depression do work, but not all medications for depression work for all depressed people. Some trial and error is needed initially but eventually almost everyone succeeds at getting better.

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This is a childhood medical condition. Yes, it starts in childhood. But it often doesn’t stop after childhood or adolescence, lingering on into adult years for most people. A recent finding is that it can vary in severity from time to time, less noticeable at some times but then more severe at other times. Also, as the years go by, it can interfere with life much less much during some intervals but then be more intrusive during other stretches of time. The good news is that, if diagnosed and treated correctly, it can provide a person with a great many skills and benefits. ADHD usually responds well to the proper treatment. We describe the several recommended medications and valuable therapies.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy, this it, a seizure disorder, is really common. Everyone knows about epilepsy. Physicians know how to treat epilepsy. Though, of course, a specially-trained and experienced neurologist, an epileptologist, is the best in this area. And, it usually responds well to one of the many available effective medical treatments

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is another brain-based medical condition. But, good news, a huge amount of Parkinson’s disease research has been done and continues. Now there are new and better medications and formulations, and more on the way. Gracious and conscientious famous people have helped to educate the public and have generously funded a lot of new research.

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Migraine

If you have migraines you’re lucky to be alive at his particular time in medical history. The past years have been a long-awaited and welcome period for migraine treatment, so you’re living during the age of successful modern migraine medications. With our greatly increased understanding of migraines, we’ve found new ways to design medicines to work better and, in addition to treating a headache, even to prevent migraines.

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1 thought on “Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Bipolar Disorder, and Others”

  1. A recent email from a reader in Canada was similar to many other emails, questions, and comments that we receive. To help others with similar situations while protecting the identity of the sender we decided to post this summary of our reply. This particular reply is relevant specifically to the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area, but much of the discussion is relevant everywhere.

    The situation was a mother with a 21 year old daughter. The daughter needed medical care but refused to get help. Young adults present a dilemma to their parents because most parents still view their children as their children, but legally they’re full-grown adults who can make their own decisions. Mom and Dad no longer have a say in medical decisions. So parents are unable to force their adult children into care or mandate that they take medication.

    Parents can try to persuade, however. Try to keep the communication back and forth an open channel. Remind your adult child that you love them and emotionally support them. Emphasize that you just want them to stay healthy and to feel better. Sometimes a person will more likely listen to advice from some other family member or a friend. (Young adults feel that parents can be so boring!)

    One approach that sometimes works is to help them understand the need for at least a medical appointment with a general physician to review of their medical health. There are many physical problems that, until a careful diagnosis is made, can look entirely like a mental health issue.

    For example, here’s a list of a few of the medical disorders can look like schizophrenia.

    • Wilson’s disease
    • hyperthyroidism
    • seizure disorders
    • medication toxicity
    • brain lesions
    • glutamate receptor autoimmune encephalitis

    For each mental disorder there are several medical illnesses that mimic the mental condition.

    For the question from the Toronto area, below is some specific information.

    The Toronto Police have said that they recognize the complexity of mental health and addictions issues and that they continually work on and update their strategies to give effective, compassionate, and respectful responses to these people with these conditions.

    Specifically for mental health support there is the page Toronto Police Service 2-1-1 Central that advises you on 211 Central, a 24-hour hot line to link people to government services and, in addition, community-led organizations providing social services.

    These social services include:

    • Food
    • Housing
    • Mental Health
    • Employment/Training
    • Healthcare
    • Black & Indigenous Focused Programs

    Toronto Community Crisis Service

    The Toronto Police Service has partnered with the City of Toronto to dispatch Toronto Community Crisis Service (TCCS) staff for people experiencing or witnessing a mental health crisis by calling 2-1-1 or 9-1-1. Appropriate calls for individuals 16 years of age and older will be dispatched based on the call location, dispatch criteria, and availability of teams.

    The TCCS is a new approach to responding to someone in crisis that focuses on health, prevention and well-being. The service provides an alternative to police response, creating a community-based, client centered, trauma-informed response to non-emergency crisis calls and wellness checks.

    This service aims to respond to the needs and desires of the communities most impacted by policing and establish trust and confidence in a new community-based response model.

    While we at the Neuroscience Research and Development Consultancy, LLC, do our best to provide helpful information, our website is not able to provide medical advice or care. Please see our page on Important Legal Notices which explains our limitations. It’s on our site at the “Legal” button in the menu at the top of the page.

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