raymond vazquez

Raleigh, NC, United States

About raymond

Bio

Joined the USAF through Officer Candidate School commissioned a 2nd lieutenant. Made outstanding progress to Captain and won the Joint Services commendation Medal from the Secretary of Defense.
While in the Air Force I acquired expertise in electrical engineering and decided to shoot for a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Cornell campus in Ithaca New York. There I received a prestigious National Science Research Award. With my 2000 PhD. in Neuroscience I joined the research team of Dr. Chapin at the SUNY campus in Brooklyn New York. During my tenure with Dr. Chapin I met and worked with Dr. Miguel A.L. Nicolelis, M.D., PhD. , currently at DUKE University department of Neuroengineering.
I then received an offer as a Research Scientist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. During my stay, I won and was a member of numerous NIH grants. At this point in my life I decided that the knowledge I had acquired would best be used by multiple segments of the general public and therefore founded the nonprofit “Neuroscience –NOW.”

Languages

English

An idea worth spreading

The "bible" of psychiatry, DSM must be supplanted by combing traditional "checklist" mental health diagnosis with emerging neural physiological biomarkers which will afford individualization of diagnosis and treatment of all major forms of mental disorders. This will massively reduce cost of treatment and encourage individuals to become actively involved in brain/mind optimal performance behaviors.

I'm passionate about

Dissemination of State-OF THE-ART peer reviewed neuroscience impacting an individual’s mental health diagnosis, treatment and behavior by the targeting professional and non-professionals audiences.

Comments & conversations

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raymond vazquez
Posted almost 2 years ago
Overthrow of DSM -V
You are right on target, the brain/mind dynamic is far more intricate than we could have ever imagined. Please look at my reply to the issues you bring up below. Only by driving to understand the causes of mental disorders can we rationally bring to bear the 1000's of years of practical knowledge we have acquired as a species.
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raymond vazquez
Posted almost 2 years ago
Overthrow of DSM -V
I fully agree with you. The larger problem is that DSM logic does not incorporate cause as part of its diagnosis. Therefore, mental disorders can replicate out of control. BIOMARKERS (e.g. level of neurotransmitters, cortisol concentration,gene variants coding important proteins in the nervous system etc.) are absolutely critical for diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, neuroscience cannot precisely relate biological markers with human psychological states at this time but wait in combination with DSM logic we will make tremendous strides in treating mental disorders.
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raymond vazquez
Posted almost 2 years ago
Overthrow of DSM -V
I want to add that the research on adult Neurogenesis has the potential to revolutionize how we treat almost all the major mental disorders. Please look below for expansion of my answer to your concerns.
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raymond vazquez
Posted almost 2 years ago
Overthrow of DSM -V
Look below I have partially answered your first question, I want to add that the research on adult Neurogenesis has the potential to revolutionize how we treat almost all the major mental disorders.
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raymond vazquez
Posted almost 2 years ago
Overthrow of DSM -V
Here is the problem, DSM does not make any judgement on the CAUSE of one's mental disorder, just a diagnosis. If you look at my website you will see the "light years" of advancement we have made in Neuroscience not even peripherally incorporated into DSM logic. Mental disorder and treatment MUST take into account the biological specifics of each individual. Email if you want specific mental disorder insights from the last 10 years of neuroscience research. I want to add that the research on adult Neurogenesis has the potential to revolutionize how we treat almost all the major mental disorders.
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raymond vazquez
Posted almost 2 years ago
Overthrow of DSM -V
I have no disagreement with your positions ( Hupe & Smith). As a researcher in all phases of neuroscience over the last 20 years and experience both in clinical and office environments we are no where near incorporating the vast knowledge acquired over the last 20 years of research on the complexity of human neural networks and the pharmacology underlying these systems. The problem is that Big Pharma and the psychiatric association have made an unholy alliance which has drowned out any balance between talk therapy and pharmacology. Mental disorder diagnosis and treatment MUST take into account the biological specifics of each individual.
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raymond vazquez
Posted almost 2 years ago
Overthrow of DSM -V
Sorry for late response, DSM-5 (previously known as DSM-V) is the planned fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental ... Almost every psychiatrist in this country uses it as sought of a checklist to narrow down the possible mental health diagnosis from a questionnaire and your discussions with the doctor. It is very useful for a first cut and makes use of the large number of cases in the psychiatric literature. Here is the problem, it does not make any judgement on the cause of one's mental disorder, just a diagnosis. If you look at my website you will see the "light years" of advancement we have made in Neuroscience not even peripherally incorporated into DSM logic. Mental disorder and treatment MUST take into account the biological specifics of each individual. Email if you want specific mental disorder insights form the last 10 years of neuroscience research.
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raymond vazquez
Posted almost 2 years ago
Vikram Patel: Mental health for all by involving all
Great talk and badly needed ideas to stem out-of-control cost of mental health diagnosis and treatment, made worse by reluctance of profession to incorporate latest neuroscience findings. My nonprofit "Neuroscience - Now" is focused on carrying out Dr. Patel's ideas..