Media 2018

2018 (5 items)

March

February

Promoting Healing After Psychosis  What does it mean to heal after a psychotic episode? Is it just about trying to “get back to normality” and to suppress any further “psychosis” — or does something deeper need to happen? Source: Mad in America, 25th February 2018

3 Women Tell Us What It’s Really Like To Live With Schizophrenia But the statistics don’t tell us everything, and stigma and misunderstanding about schizophrenia is rife, as three women who have the illness told us. Here they describe when they got their diagnosis, what it really feels like to hear voices in your head. Source: Refinery 29 (UK), 24th February

What it’s actually like to hear voices in your head There’s a cultural stigma, especially in the US, that hearing voices in your head is inherently a sign of mental-health issues. There’s a community of people on Reddit who have chosen to create voices in their heads, called tulpamancers. Their voices are called tulpas. Source: Business Insider UK, 22nd February 2018

Auditory Hallucinations Linked To Perceptual Expectations Bias People with schizophrenia who experience auditory hallucinations tend to hear what they expect, an exaggerated version of a perceptual distortion that is common among other people without hallucinations, researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) have found.Those with hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms are known to have elevated dopamine, the main area of focus for available treatments for psychosis, but it was unclear how this could lead to hallucinations. The researchers found that elevated dopamine could make some patients rely more on expectations, which could then result in hallucinations. The findings explain why treatments targeting the production of dopamine could help alleviate this condition. Source: Reliawire (USA), 18th February 2018

Link between hallucinations and dopamine not such a mystery, finds study Researchers have found that people with schizophrenia who experience auditory hallucinations tend to hear what they expect, an exaggerated version of a perceptual distortion that is common among other people without hallucinations. The researchers found that elevated dopamine could make some patients rely more on expectations, which could then result in hallucinations. Source: Science Daily (USA), 16th February 2018

Psychiatry’s Failure to Acknowledge Who I Really Am This is not how the mental health system should treat “psychotic” people. Mental health providers should treat them with compassion, empathy, respect, love and understanding. With a circle of loving and understanding people surrounding a person in crisis, I have no doubt that most “psychosis” would normalize in time. Source: Mad in America, 14th March 2018


January

People undergo magical experiences through ‘God Helmet’ Researchers created a placebo brain stimulation device that they call a ‘God Helmet’ and were able to induce ‘extraordinary experiences’ in people it was tested upon. Researchers tested 193 participants at a Dutch music festival to wear the sliver colored skateboard helmet that had fake wires attached to itself and was hooked up to sham medical equipment. For 15 minutes, the participants were made to listen to white noise via earphones while being blindfolded. Their spiritual beliefs were also questioned and their blood samples were taken in order to determine the level of alcohol or other substances consumed. By the end of the experiment, almost 80% people experienced weak sensations and 30% experienced strong sensations. Weak sensations included sleepiness, increased heart rate and dizziness. Whereas, strong sensations included visual and auditory hallucinations, distortions in time and space, unconscious movements, and the feeling of floating, similar to experiences felt during psychedelics or spiritual experiences. Source:  Business Recorder, (Pakistan), 23rd January 2018

 


 

 

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