Hope For The Mentally Ill?

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    An interesting article about possible infectious disease causes of schizophrenia and perhaps autism and other mental illnesses.

    Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia, cat parasite link under study - chicagotribune.com

    Personally, I have never been of the opinion that some illnesses are "just mental". Seems to me, all physical illnesses affect mood and behavior, and I think it is likely all mood and behavior type illnesses have some physical basis.

    What do you think?
     
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    So depression is just a side effect of some other disease? I do not think so. Serotonin and a couple of other chemicals in the brain are proven to effect depression.
     
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    dementia or alzheimers has nothing to do with the physcial
     
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    Well, an illness is considered "mental" if it is exclusively or predominately symptomatic via mood or behavior disturbances, RetiredGySgt. If people get a parasite or infection and have few physical symptoms but develop psychiatric ones as a result, ain't that a pretty typical disease pattern?
     
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    I don't know if the article would have any bearing on alzheimers. bones. But don't they already know that people with alzheimers undergo changes in brain structure, etc.?
     
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    There may be a case here or there (of the more "exotic" types of mental illness) that are linked to a purely physical cause, but it's my observation that most are cases of ineffective coping mechanisms, usually related to upbringing, with a genetic tendency often observed. Virtually everyone I know would benefit from having a really good psycholanalist.;)
     
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    Don't forget the plaque on the brain that is associated with Alzheimers. There is a physical component that may be linked to aluminum cooking pots.

    I do think that there are some diseases that are mental in nature brought on by repetitive patterns caused by depression, anger, stress, whatever that make the brain more susceptible to disruptions in biochemistry.

    But, at the same time, this could be ONE cause.
     
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    I honestly wonder if many of the cases of dementia we see are unrecognized and untreated depression, which leads to a permanent dysfunction in emotional/mental status.
     
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    I'd agree with you as to garden variety neurosis and personality disorders, but not as to pychosis, schizophrenia, etc. I find the notion that medical science might discover a cause, and mebbe a cure, just wonderful.

    I doubt we'll ever have a cure for "being an asshole" though.
     
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    I'm sure that anything that stresses the brain aggravates dementia, but the loss of memory and mental functioning of dementia ain't symptoms of depression.

    They really are two different diseases....but mebbe a person with both degenerates faster.
     

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