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Ben Arts

Employee dairy production, Urtica de Vijfsprong

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Why is there so few information about phyciatric related disorders. And especially the medicines we use?

There is so few information about the long term effects of medication.
why is there so few research about the effects.

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    May 1 2011: I believe is due to the stigma of those disease. Could you imagine a publicity like:" please give generously to the schizophrenic"? I believe those disease exist for a very long time but got confuse by very religious time in the past for demonic possession and all. With some fear and misunderstanding of the population, a lack of fund no many equal not much research. We still can't explain the exact physiology of some of them. How could we explain the role of the medication?
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      May 1 2011: Daniel I think you have a good point. It may go even further to the idea that mental illness is seriously scary for many people. Psychiatry and Psychology have not made as much progress in understanding or in solving the problems as one would hope simply because the brain is such a complex organ. Neuroscience is now offering the significant hope of discovering solutions but it is not a quick process.

      Ben , If a person needs to get the real up to date knowledge of current practice or state of the art medicinal treatments - I would recommend going to your local university library where you will likely find online medical research journals. If you enter the name of of the condition and perhaps know of a prominent researcher you may come to articles that help you. If it is too great a maze either find one good article and start tracking down other articles on the same theme from the reference section of the best article you can find. This will lead you to a sort of mindlmap of who thinks or whose research supports what course of action. (If this is too great a maze- a research librarian is the angel of the library and will lead you to the resources you seek).

      I should add that medicinal protocols and choices are often controversial and that there is often no agreed upon course of treatment and this might be another reason for the lack of clear and straight forward answers to your questions.
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      May 1 2011: So true Daniel..there is still a huge stigma attached to any form of mental illness as if it were a character disorder..an indication of bad parenting..hopefully we are past people regarding it as demonic depression..but we haven't gotten past the stigma. A young woman very close to me was diagnosed as bi-polar in her early teens and her whole family kept strict silence even within the family refusing to accept that diagnosis. No doubt they feared for her the consequences of being "labled" bi-polar. When this young woman post college undertook management of her own disorder and finally found a drug that did not have the side effects , the same zombie like thing Ben is reporting. Like Ben she has carved out a life that works for her. I know from my own close personal epxreience with youngsters that finding a med that works without a huge dimunition in overall function is very very difficult.

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