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Re: Novel treatment for schizophrenia undopaminergic

Posted by SLS on December 14, 2021, at 20:08:59

In reply to Re: Novel treatment for schizophrenia SLS, posted by undopaminergic on December 14, 2021, at 13:18:26

> > UD,
>
> SLS,
>
> > > If the disorder/disease is understood, such as with Parkinson's disease, it is a neurological and not psychatric condition.
> >
> > Is Bipolar Disorder a neurological disease?
>
> Not at present.
>
> > Why or why not?
>
> It's too poorly understood to be considered a neurological condition


I think the basis upon which you define neurological disorders is arbitrary.

There are hundreds of thousands of scientific works that demonstrate anomalies in both structure and function of the brain in Bipolar Disorder. Isn't that de facto neurological?

In *your* opinion, is the *resultant* disease state in Bipolar Disorder a neurological condition, or is it exclusively psychological?

Seizure disorders (epilepsy) were described some 4000 years ago. It has been poorly understood throughout history until the recent advent of electrophysiological measuring instruments and neuroimaging techniques. Despite how late in history science has elucidated the neurological basis of epilepsy, the categorization of epilepsy as a neurological disorder predates this.

> Also, there are often psychological factors involved in bipolar disorder.

How is this statement of yours salient to the categorization of Bipolar Disorder? Psychological factors are also involved in:

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0,31&as_vis=1&q=psychological+contributions+etiology+physical

In 1992, a PET scan was performed on me at the National Institutes of Health. The images demonstrated that my brain activity was significantly lower in select regions compared to healthy controls.

In spring of 1982, I had come to the conclusion that Bipolar Disorder and Unipolar Major Depressive Disorder were both caused by pathologies in neurological function. That year, I made it a major goal of mine to educate others as to how I experience depression and what causes it. I was quite convincing. The way I explained things to others allowed most of them to understand the biological nature of affective disorders to their own experiences. I taught people using scientific details, analogies, and metaphors. I refused to allow anyone to continue believing that MDD and BD were diseases of the mind alone when it is indeed a disease with neurobiological underpinnings.

My ultimate goal was to destigmatize mental illness in general, as well as to prevent the stigmatization of me by society. I did this by teaching one person at a time. It is a continuing endeavor.

The hell if I'm going to stay silent when so much is at stake. I will continue to offer resistance to anyone who acts to, by design or ignorance, stymie or sabotage societal progress in its perception of mental illness.


Q: What prevents you from coming to the conclusion that Bipolar Disorder is a neurological disease?


- Scott



Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

 

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