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Brain Enhancing Medication. (aka NZT !)

Have you watched the movie Limitless ?
I have been interested in the subject for many years. the idea of brain enhancing is not a science fiction but a reality. brain is a neuron circitary and tweaking the neurotransmitter levels reveals real results. that is how anti-depressants, mood stabilizers and attention increasing drugs work.

the closest one is a well marketed product called thallanylzirconio-methyl-tetrahydro-triazatriphenylene, a powerful new class of psychotropic medication that merges various features of NDRI’s, NaSSA’s and SSRI’s. It works, in part, by maintaining higher levels of 5-HT in the synapse while increasing norepinephrine and serotonin neurotransmission by blocking presynaptic alpha-2 adrenergic receptors while at the same time blocking certain serotonin receptors

This conversation does not seek opinions against the idea, on how and why this idea will not work. the conversation does not seek "positive thinking" and self esteem guidelines. nor does it seek advice on going to bed early, eating healthy and exercising. people are well aware of the benefits of these concepts.

The conversation is not to convince anyone that the idea is real and works. It is created to facilitate communication between those who know a thing or two regarding this exciting idea.

what this conversation seeks is the real debate on how the combination of those families of medications may improve the functionality of the brain in some ways. Please share experiences, thoughts and SCIENTIFIC research results.

Thank you for participating.

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    Apr 1 2012: Hi Sina,

    In the case of depression, I see the advantages of of medical intervention by the use of neurochemical altering medication.

    As a counsellor, I sometimes see people who are in a desperate state, and who would initially get great benefit from the use of medication (such as SSRIs) to get them back on their feet. But I think that the most effective strategy in coming to terms with depression should be a dual approach of medication plus the facilitating of 'internal acceptance' via talking therapies.

    Mostly this dual approach works well, but in a few cases, the strength of the medication interferes with the patient's access to the deeper emotive issues that are the prime cause of their problem. In other words, it essentially translates as an inability, or not wanting to talk about these problems, which then renders the counselling process impotent.

    This then begs the question as to whether we should be entirely reliant upon medication for our emotional well-being, or whether that same well-being could/should be accessed internally through an autonomous process of self-understanding.

    I am undecided on whether many mental illnesses are actually illnesses at all. For instance, is a mental illness such as depression a dysfunctional reaction to something we consider as normal, or a normal reaction to something externally dysfunctional? Are we medicalising people as a 'firefighting' exercise, instead of perhaps addressing many of the root problems in society that may be making many people very ill indeed?