Media 2018

2018 (43 items)

June

A medical mystery: What is causing the voices in Tiffany’s head? Tiffany Baker was strolling through The Happiest Place on Earth with her family when the voices invaded her brain. In an instant, she pivoted from enjoying Disney World with her parents and her younger brother to screaming, “I’m hearing voices!” in a panic. Source: Houston Chronicle, 28th June 2018

I’ll Keep Talking About My Psychosis, Whether It’s Relatable Or Not The stigma attached to psychosis left me paralysed with fear and terrified for over a decade before I sought out help and support. I’m not afraid anymore. I suffer from psychosis. I have auditory hallucinations, so I hear voices, either when I’m manic or depressed. It took me a long time, over a decade in fact, to face up to this reality. I was in denial that I heard voices, and convinced myself it was something everyone experienced. Now, I’m open about my experiences. I’ll talk to family and friends about it, and I can even joke about some of the stranger sounds and voices I’ve heard. I have shared my story online countless times.  Source: Huffington Post (UK), 27th June 2018

With the Voices Heard Choir, singers with serious mental illness tell their story This new singing group needed a name. Many of the choir’s members have schizophrenia and regularly experience auditory hallucinations. The name they selected was a nod to that reality — with a clear acknowledgment of the group’s larger mission. “The choir members chose their own name,” Wenszell said. “They picked Voices Heard because it is a pun on the expression ‘hearing voices,’ but they also liked the name because it explains how they want their audiences to hear what they have to say. They want to use their music to deliver a message.” Source: Minn Post (USA), 25th June 2018

Learning to Speak Psychotic One of the biggest barriers that people who are “psychotic” face is one of communication: other people often have trouble understanding what they’re talking about. The way that so-called “psychotics” describe their experience (their actual language) and their ideas are simply foreign to most people, and this lack of clear communication is what gets “psychotics” labelled as “psychotic” in the first place, and thus it leads to a breakdown between the “psychotic” and the rest of society. This is a loss to both groups. Source: Mad in America (USA), 16th June 2018

Response to ‘Aligning Computational Psychiatry to the Hearing Voices Movement’ I welcome the paper’s clearly stated intention to draw on the Hearing Voices Network’s (HVN) focus on sense-making. One of the great achievements of HVN has been to create spaces which nurture diverse sense-making: moving the experience of voice-hearing out of an exclusively medical domain, and repositioning it from a meaningless symptom of schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder, to an experience full of richness, possibility and meaning. In the Hearing Voices ethos, all sense-making is heard and welcome. Voices can be understood as spiritual guides or demons, or deeply linked to past trauma or adversity, or as a sign of neuro-diversity- and many explanations in between and beyond. Source: Hearing the Voice (UK), 16th June 2018

Global Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Market Growth Expected to be Driven by Increasing Incidence of Psychosis and Other Related Diseases Across the Globe Increasing incidence of psychotic disorders and presence of large patient pool in developed and in some developing economies are major factors driving adoption of antipsychotic drugs and in turn fueling growth of the global atypical antipsychotic drugs market. Source: The Agriculture News (UK), 4th June 2018

Aligning Computational Psychiatry With the Hearing Voices Movement: Hearing Their Voices Established approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of psychosis face a growing challenge. Critical psychiatry demands that we put patient rights, autonomy, and recovery at the forefront of treatment. It downplays the role of the brain in etiology and thus the efficacy of pharmacological treatments, which critical psychiatrists argue do more harm than good. This may be dismissed out of hand by the contemporary psychiatrist: while there are adverse effects of antipsychotic use, these drugs outperform placebos in controlled clinical trials—a bar that is not met by cognitive therapies. However, some critical psychiatry views find empirical support: psychotic symptoms worsen in the context of social isolation, they are sensitive to the emotionality expressed by family members, and they are statistically associated with trauma. Source: JAMA (UK), June 2018


May

Learning to live with hearing voices Emily Knoll discusses the therapeutic interventions that have helped her come to terms with hearing voices. It was after undergoing spinal surgery, and when I felt that I was going down a black hole with my doctorate, that I began to hear distressing voices that seemed to come from outside my head. I was embarrassed by the things that the voices were saying to me, so I didn’t tell anyone. I also thought that if I told a doctor, I would be sent to a psychiatric hospital. So, instead of seeking help, I dropped out of university. Two years later I experienced what I now understand to have been a psychotic breakdown. Sometimes it felt as if two men and a spiteful woman were actually there, in my room. I held my breath and listened. “Emily is waiting for us to disappear,” said the woman cruelly. “We’re not going away,” the man with the brittle voice replied. I started to play with their words in my head, wondering what they meant by what they had said. Would they really go? I had no idea. Source: BMJ 2018 (UK) 31st May 2018

Bristol woman who hears voices and suffers from psychosis explains how she tried to tackle the stigma A Bristol woman who suffers from psychosis and hears voices has spoken of her experience of mental health stigma. Claire, who has asked not to be identified, said she found it hard to come to terms with her condition. The 43-year-old has decided to help other people by taking part in a clinical research trial aimed at measuring the distress of people that hear voices. Source: Bristol Live (UK), 22nd May 2018

‘Believing me is crucial’: How to talk to somebody who is hearing voices There’s definitely a lack of understanding around the idea of psychosis. In fact, the word itself carries certain connotations that many find unhelpful and often distressing. But we don’t have to use that word if it doesn’t seem to fit with the experience that friends or loved ones are going through. And we don’t have to feel frightened if somebody we know is hearing voices. Please stop telling me I ‘don’t need’ to take my mental health medication Hearing voices can be terrifying for people. But it isn’t always so. And if the person experiencing the voice, vision, belief or feeling isn’t terrified, then why on earth should anyone else be scared? Source: Metro News (UK), 20th May 2018

A Video Game to Create Empathy Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is more than just a video game. The adult fantasy game provides a first-hand view of psychosis and the symptoms its patients often experience. Pharmacists who enjoy video games should check it out. Those who are not gamers should observe someone else playing it, if they get the chance.The game shows how psychosis works, and it creates empathy for those who suffer from this mental disorder.The first time I encountered a patient with psychosis, the behavior was so erratic that it shook me. Visibly shaken, I walked away feeling that I never wanted to talk to the person again. This reaction is normal because our innate sense of self-preservation prompts us to avoid harmful situations. “What if this person hurts me?” is a natural question to ponder. It is tempting to push people with psychosis away because they can be erratic and unpredictable. After my initial experience with psychosis, I researched the condition in the media and did not find many examples of movies with a focus on psychosis. 12 Monkeys and The Shining are exaggerations of psychosis, but those hardly create a sense of empathy. I watched the movie Shutter Island to understand psychosis better. Admittedly, this did not help but only made me more worried about interactions with individuals with psychosis. When I discovered the video game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, I was amazed by the feelings of empathy I had for the character in the game. Source: Pharmacy Times (USA), 10th May 2018

‘Psychosis’: bending reality to see round corners – Paul Fletcher “Psychosis” is a term little understood, yet much misunderstood, much overused and much misused. And it scares the living crap out of our society, but it doesn’t have to. It’s a description – of an experience. One that’s more common than we pretend, more ordinary, and can be more useful. Source: Recovery Network Toronto (Canada), 11th May 2018


April

Compassion therapy for voice-hearing We all have different sides to ourselves. The angry self, the anxious self, the sad self … and then there’s the compassionate self. It’s not always easy to tap into compassion but it’s now being used as an important approach to therapy for voice hearing and psychosis. We head to a workshop which explores the power of cultivating compassion in those who hear voices, and in their therapists. Source: RN, ABC (Australia), 29th April 2018

Hellblade Psychosis Story Mirrored Mine We’ve got a great podcast coming up for you today. It’s about psychosis and the game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. We do delve deeply into psychosis and one man’s experience so if this is something close to you or you’re not feeling too good about it at the moment then just come back to us another time and we’ll see you soon. Hello and welcome to the BBC Ouch podcast. Now, it’s the game that started a lot of chatter, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. It’s picked up five Baftas, including Games Beyond Entertainment, amongst many other awards, and it’s won a lot of plaudits for the way it depicts psychosis. If you’ve not heard of it yet then it follows Nordic warrior Senua on an otherworldly quest to rescue the soul of her dead lover. She hears voices, some helpful, some harmful, and has hallucinations which to her are real but actually represent an episode of psychosis. Now, the gamers and experts all rate it, but how does it fare if you’ve experienced psychosis yourself?  Source: BBC News (UK), 27th April 2018

Emmerdale: when did Belle start hearing voices? Her mental health history explained Emmerdale’s Belle Dingle began hearing voices tonight as her family fell apart following her mum Lisa’s dramatic departure from the village, revisiting the long-running storyline of the character’s struggles with mental health that dates back to 2014. It’s been a little while since the focus was on this challenging chapter of Belle’s life, so as the troubled teen spirals into self-doubt and threatens to relapse having been blamed for Lisa leaving. Source: Radio Times (UK), 19th April 2018

Cutting-edge Advances Help Mute Voices in Schizophrenia Schizophrenia patients with auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) that have not responded to treatment may experience improvement with two cutting-edge techniques, new research shows. A study by Alexandre Dumais, MD, PhD, Institute Philippe Pinel of Montreal, Canada, included more than 50 schizophrenia patients with treatment-refractory AVH. The patients were randomly assigned either to undergo a computerized therapy in which the patients created an avatar of their tormentor before confronting it, or to standard cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Source: Medscape (USA), 12th April 2018

In new memoir, Judy Rebick reveals how childhood abuse led to mental health struggles Judy Rebick grew up in a time when it was almost universally expected of families to keep everything bad a secret. The theory being that the less said, the more likely it would go away. For Rebick, who through the 1980s and 1990s was one of Canada’s best-known women’s rights activists, that philosophy worked nicely for almost 40 years. But at age 45, just before she became president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women in 1990, she began hearing voices in her head, followed by the re-emergence of a repressed memory of sexual abuse by her father that began when she was five. In her new book, Heroes in my Head, the 72-year-old Rebick writes about her experience with clinical depression and Dissociative Identity Disorder. She spoke to the Globe about how therapy and her passion for activism helped her eventually say goodbye to the 11 “friends” that her subconscious created to help her cope with the long-buried trauma. Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada) 10th April 2018

Hearing voices but no one’s there? May be clairaudience
Dear Bonnie: I am hearing ringing in my ears and songs popping up in my head that seem to play over and over. I have even heard voices outside my head and have turned to see if anyone’s around, only to find no one. Am I going crazy? — Cindy
Dear Cindy: I assure you that you’re not going crazy! Clairaudience — sometimes called the gift of clear hearing — is when you can tune in to the spirit world and receive messages from up above by actually hearing voices or sounds. You may physically hear people speaking words or even full sentences, thoughts of those in the spirit world, or even a loved one’s voice. Many hear the voice of God or the angels. Music that you’re hearing may hold a secret or special message just for you. Bells and buzzing noises, or that voice inside your head that tells you to take another route and saves you from an accident, are all signs of being clairaudient. Sometimes you may even hear complete conversations, either upon waking or before going to sleep. Clairaudience is a great way to receive messages for you or others who might need some guidance or a loving message from the other side. You can build this psychic sense by paying attention to the noises around you, or even really listening to someone who is having a conversation with you. Our everyday lives can be so busy and our minds so full of thoughts about everything around us that we tend never to listen to that quiet little voice inside that is trying to guide us. Source: Sentinel & Enterprise (USA), 10th April 2018

There are no ‘schizophrenia genes’: here’s why There are no “schizophrenia genes”. The high heritability estimates reported in earlier quantitative genetic studies don’t rule out environmental influences, but have discouraged researchers from taking social causes seriously. But we now know that there are proven strong associations between psychosis and a range of social risk factors, such as exposure to impoverished and urban environments, migration, childhood traumas (sexual or physical abuse and bullying by peers), and recent adverse experiences in adulthood. So why does the genetic story about mental illness continue to appeal? Source: The Conversation (USA), 8th April 2018

Researchers develop device that can ‘hear’ your internal voice New headset can listen to internal vocalisation and speak to the wearer while appearing silent to the outside world. The device, called AlterEgo, can transcribe words that wearers verbalise internally but do not say out loud, using electrodes attached to the skin. “Our idea was: could we have a computing platform that’s more internal, that melds human and machine in some ways and that feels like an internal extension of our own cognition?” said Arnav Kapur, who led the development of the system at MIT’s Media Lab. Kapur describes the headset as an “intelligence-augmentation” or IA device, and was presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Intelligent User Interface conference in Tokyo. It is worn around the jaw and chin, clipped over the top of the ear to hold it in place. Four electrodes under the white plastic device make contact with the skin and pick up the subtle neuromuscular signals that are triggered when a person verbalises internally. When someone says words inside their head, artificial intelligence within the device can match particular signals to particular words, feeding them into a computer. The computer can then respond through the device using a bone conduction speaker that plays sound into the ear without the need for an earphone to be inserted, leaving the wearer free to hear the rest of the world at the same time. The idea is to create a outwardly silent computer interface that only the wearer of the AlterEgo device can speak to and hear. Source: The Guardian (UK) 6th April 2018

Hearing voices: new support group launched A new friendship support group has been launched by the Hearing Voices Network specifically for people who hear voices, hallucinate or have disturbing belief systems. The free group meets on the last Thursday of the month from 11am at Richmond Library Annexe. It gives those who experience auditory hallucinations the opportunity to meet, learn coping strategies and build confidence. Source: Richmond and Twickenham Times (UK), 6th April 2018

Childhood Adversity Influences Levels of Distress in Voice Hearers A new study, published in Schizophrenia Research, examined the relationship between childhood adversity, hearing negative voices, and individuals’ level of distress. Dr. Cherise Rosen and a team of researchers found that the content of voices heard is a crucial piece that explains why childhood adversity leads to distress. These results point toward the use of trauma-focused interventions to change voice content. Source: Mad in America (USA), 4th April 2018

TV’s Trippiest Superhero Thriller ‘Legion’ asks: What if a mutant named David Haller (Dan Stevens) hears voices in his head and at least some of them are not the thoughts of humans? Source: The Federalist (USA), 3rd April 2018

Pastor Speaks: Hearing the word of God What about hearing voices? Listen to them only if they are voices of people reading and explaining God’s Word. That’s the foundation for true Christian faith as the Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Don’t be satisfied with just listening. Pay attention, consider, and respond to what you hear. True Christians are marked by continual pattern of hearing and following Jesus. He said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). If you are not hearing Jesus words you may not really be one of His sheep. Source: The Morrow County Sentinel, 1st April 2018


March

A ‘hellish world’: the mental health crisis overwhelming America’s prisons In America, jails and prisons have become the nation’s de facto mental healthcare providers – and the results are chilling. Across the country, correctional facilities are struggling with the reality that they have become the nation’s de facto mental healthcare providers, although they are hopelessly ill-equipped for the job. They are now contending with tens of thousands of people with mental illness who, by some counts, make up as much as half of their populations. Source: The Guardian (UK), 31st March 2018

Study Explores Māori Community’s Multifaceted Understanding of “Psychosis” A new study published in Transcultural Psychiatry considers how those in a Māori community understand experiences defined by Western psychiatry as “psychosis” and “schizophrenia.” Dr. Melissa Taitimu and Dr. John Read found that participants tended to hold “multiple explanatory models” which often included spiritual and cultural beliefs. Participants’ discussed their hesitance to share these perspectives in conventional health settings, for fear that they would be disregarded or pathologized. The authors maintain that the meaning individuals’ attribute to these experiences must be sensitively elicited and considered in assessment and care. Source: Mad in America (USA), 28th March 2018

Hollyoaks spoilers: Mental illness story for Alfie Nightingale as he is plagued by voices Hollyoaks are set to launch a powerful new mental health storyline for Alfie Nightingale as he starts hearing a voice and is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. The teenager has been struggling to cope with life since the loss of his soulmate Jade Albright and his loved ones started to fear that he was exhibiting odd behaviour when he worked on a robot to replace Jade. But in coming weeks, when a voice in Alfie’s head starts communicating with him and ordering him to do things, it becomes clear that things are extremely serious. And Hollyoaks has been working with the charity Mind to ensure that it represents the condition with sensitivity and accuracy. Source: Metro (UK), 25th March 2018

Video game backed by Peterborough mental health professionals gets nine BAFTA nominations ‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’ is the first game to use state-of-the-art techniques to evoke the voices and visions experienced by people who live with psychosis. The game uses a binaural technique that mimics 3D human hearing – players experience visual and auditory hallucinations as if they are Senua and ‘hear’ voices just behind them, or whispering in their ear. Professor Paul Fletcher, who is honorary consultant with CPFT, said: ”I am delighted that Ninja Theory has been nominated for so many awards for ‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’. “They have done something risky but important, and potentially valuable in representing experiences that most people find deeply alien. The fact that they are doing so in a firstperson subjective viewpoint in a game setting, which demands that the player fully engages with the experience rather than simply passively observing it, makes it all the more powerful and has already got people on the internet and in the media talking in an engaged, thoughtful and respectful way about the nature of these experiences and what it must feel like to have them.” Source: Peterborough Today (UK), 23rd March 2018

Nutrients in Brussels sprouts, shellfish and oranges could help fight SCHIZOPHRENIA, study says Nutrients found in Brussels sprouts, shellfish and oranges could help fight the early stages of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, a study says. The study, from the University of Manchester and Western Sydney University, showed certain supplements could improve classic treatments for psychotic illnesses, as long as they were taken early. That means supplements like the amino acid taurine, found in many common foods, could improve mental health – although the reasons why are still unclear. A researcher from the study is now launching a clinical trial to test the hypothesis. Source: Mail Online (UK), 22nd March 2018

A Tale of Two Studies It’s a tale of two studies, and a quick review of both helps frame an important ethical question for psychiatry: which of the two studies should guide their thinking? The one that is dependent on drug-withdrawn patients doing poorly, or the one designed to help drug-withdrawn patients succeed? Source: Mad in America (USA), 22nd March 2018

Hearing Voices with Dr. Joachim Schnackenberg An interview with Dr. Joachim Schnackenberg about his work with people who hear voices. Dr. Schnackenberg is a consultant for hearing voices and recovery in Germany and a researcher, supervisor and trainer in Experience Focussed Counselling with Voice Hearers (also known as Making Sense of Voices or Working with Voices) primarily provided in the German and English language. We discuss the approach of ‘listening to the voice’ discerning its message and seeing it as ultimately either benevolent in nature, or at least with the potential to use the experience towards a positive end if the experience remains considered negative despite an attempt to work constructively with it, no matter how malevolent it may appear. Source: PodBean, 20th March 3018

Research Is Shedding New Light on Hearing Voices Research supports the view that hearing hallucinatory voices is not by itself an indicator of mental illness.  Estimates of the percentage of people in the general population without a known psychiatric illness who report auditory hallucinations vary widely.  One review of seventeen surveys from nine countries found prevalence estimates as low as fewer than 1% to as high as 84%.  Estimates of college students who have reported hearing hallucinatory voices have ranged from 13% to 71%.  The wide range of estimates can be attributed in part to differences in definitions, survey instructions, and other methodological variations.  Taking into consideration such methodological differences, some researchers estimate the prevalence of hearing voices in the general population to be between 5% and 28%, with 75% of people who report hearing voices to be psychologically healthy.  Research suggests also that the prevalence of auditory verbal hallucinations varies by gender, age and culture. Source: Psychology Today (USA), 19th March 2018

My Encounter with the University of Minnesota’s Psychiatric Department The voice came to me for three nights in a row, and in extraordinary sessions that lasted no more than half an hour, changed me at my core. Those provocative sessions relieved me of guilt, helped me accept my frailties, accept my humanity, my belonging to the human race, and caused me to fall in love with the voice. Now the voice wanted “us” to go public with this new vision of life, one full of love and caring for my fellow man. At the time, I was still involved with my venture capital world, sitting on three corporate boards, chairman of two, and on two non-profit art boards. Willingly doing the voice’s bidding, I spread its message about love, about changing the world for the better, at board meetings. For the most part, my message was not well received and got me into hot water. But I stand by that message even now, twenty-two years later. Source: Mad in America (USA), 18th March 2018

Psychosocial Explanations of Psychosis Reduce Stigma, Study Finds A review of mental health anti-stigma campaigns finds psychosocial models are effective in reducing stigma, while biogenetic models often worsen attitudes. A review published in the Israeli Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences evaluates the effects of mental health anti-stigma campaigns according to their causal frameworks. The review’s authors, Dr. Eleanor Longdon and Dr. John Read, found that although biomedical explanations of mental illness predominate in current anti-stigma discourse, not only are they ineffective but they also tend to increase stigma. Conversely, evidence indicates that psychosocial explanations of psychosis are effective in reducing stigma and humanizing those who live with the condition. Source: Mad in America (USA), 16th March 2018

‘I tried to kill myself nine times before the NHS helped me’ “When you’re in mental health crisis, it feels like everything is just closing in on your brain like a clamp,” she says.”I was psychotic and I was hearing Kieran in my head telling me I need to leave the house.” Kieran is one of the voices Sherry hears – the worst one, she says. “When I’m in that state, it is very hard to comprehend that the voices are not real. I hear him in my ears like I’d hear a real person. He will say, ‘No-one likes you, no-one loves you, you’re better off dead.'”Under Kieran’s influence, she quarrelled with her parents and stormed out of the house. A little later PC Pete Coe and PC Dan Ayrton found her on a pathway nearby, train tracks lying just ahead. Source: BBC News (UK), 15th March 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

A Wider Perspective on “Psychosis” A tale is commonly told of science narrowing in on an understanding of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia – they are an illness of the brain, caused by genetic risk factors, biochemical imbalances (Deacon, 2013), and faulty circuits amongst neurons (Insel, 2010). Psychoeducational materials confidently inform families that “people do not cause it” (Glynn, 2014) – that is, it is not caused by interpersonal experience or personal mistakes. But do the narrower views of psychosis really follow from evidence, or do they rest more on prejudice? Source: Mad in America (USA), 10th March 2018

What is a Tulpa? There’s a community of people on Reddit who have chosen to create voices in their heads, called tulpamancers. Their voices are called tulpas. A tulpa is a mental companion created by focused thought and recurrent interaction, similar to an imaginary friend. However, unlike them, tulpas possess their own will, thoughts and emotions, allowing them to act independently. Tulpamancers describe the experience of having tulpas as being like the experiences of fiction writers whose characters come alive and begin talking to them; in fact, a great number of tulpa creators have formed tulpas that way. Source: Reddit, 8th March 2018


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


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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